It’s now nearly 103 years since a shipwreck on the icy Atlantic sent shockwaves around the world. The events of the original Night to Remember on 14th April 1912 became the first global news story – and a story that resounded not just around the world of 1912, but also across the decades that followed. Titanic’s fate has been re-told and remembered in pretty much every generation, every language, every form of media.
But there’s something especially powerful about remembering Titanic in Belfast, where the story began. After a century of silence, we’ve found our voice and our place in the story. People now travel from all over the world to mark this anniversary in Belfast – often people who have a personal family connection to Titanic’s passengers and crew.
So it’s been an immense privilege for The Dock to have been involved over the past few years in developing and enabling A Night To Remember at Titanic Belfast. The evening involves a journey through the story of Titanic, from design to build to launch to departure to tragedy, as told through the eyewitness accounts of a series of the characters who watched it happen. Then (after a nice glass of warm cider) we gather by candlelight on the slipways at 11:40pm, the moment of collision, to mark the moment that the world changed forever.
Here’s a taster of last year’s event:
Tickets are still available here if you would like to join us again this year.
Or if you fancy getting involved behind the scenes, there are still one or two spaces for Dock volunteers who would like to help make it all happen. It’s a very special event to be part of, so if you’d like to help out, just send me a message using the contact form here. (Not that I would try to bribe you or anything, but you get a T-shirt!)
And it was amazing, and as always the Dock volunteers did a fabulous job. Highlight this year for me: standing in the darkened Drawing Office where Titanic was designed, lighting candles at 11:40pm and watching light start to fill the room as the flame was passed from one person to the next