RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
The Titanic was an interesting topic to cover at school. It was such an amazing feat of engineering but also such a bad decision to remove most of the lifeboats just for aesthetics!
I enjoyed going through this subject as I personally enjoy a lot of the conspiracy theories. I remember reading a few of them to my kids. Was it really the Titanic that sunk… or was it her sister ship?
It helps them ask lots of questions anyway.
The school had a Titanic day where the kids were encouraged to dress up. We actually purchased the blue version of the Amazon O’Hara dress and added extras (photos below).
The Titanic era of fashion was really a mixture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
I thought I’d add links to a few Titanic books for kids. We actually had a heavy historical book at home, but I think these ones are a bit easier for kids to digest!
Seacity Museum is a great place to visit… if you’re fairly close to Southampton. They do some great visits for schools but you can go as a family too.
Learn all about Southampton’s Titanic Story!
There are a few basic YouTube videos on the Titanic as well. Here’s a fairly short one which is good to give your kids a taster of what they might be learning.
So… here is the outfit we created! One O’Hara dress, one size 8 black jacket from a charity shop and one fabric belt (which came with the dress). We added a posh handbag and a hat… and viola…a 1st class passenger on the Titanic.
Making kids understand the differences between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers was quite an eye opener. We had lots of questions about how people coped sharing rooms, what they ate, what they did during the day etc.
At the end of the day… everyone was scared when the ship started to sink. 1st class passengers were the lucky ones to get spaces on the lifeboats…along with some of the crew.