Research Guides

Titanic

With so much written on the Titanic there's lots of material to choose from and it's widely available throughout public libraries.

To accompany the museum exhibition Remembering Titanic - 100 years we've selected some books from our library collection plus websites with Titanic content including objects and historical documents from around the world.

Books

If you would like to find these books at a library near you can also browse this guide as a Trove list (Remembering Titanic - 100 years).

General works

101 things you thought you knew about the Titanic - but didn't!
Tim Maltin and Eloise Aston. Kent Town, S. Aust. Wakefield Press, 2010
910.453 TIT (244048)
In one handy book detailed to answers to lots of questions about the Titanic
A Night to Remember

Walter Lord. London: Longmans, Green, 1956
910.453 TIT (31569,15885,181893)
The most well known work on the Titanic disaster
Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy
John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas; foreword by John Maxtone-Graham
Wellingborough : Stephens, 1986.
910.453 TIT (116501)
A good all round account.

The ship

The birth of the Titanic
Michael McCaughan. Belfast Blackstaff, 1998.
623.8243 TIT <160343>
Anatomy of the Titanic
Tom McCluskie. London PRC, 1998
623.8243 TIT (219172)
Shipbuilding and engineering magazines of the day published lavish pictorial features of the Titanic including lines engineering and public areas and passenger accommodation. Here are 2 books that include facsimile reprint editions.
The White Star Triple Screw Atlantic Liners: Olympic and Titanic

3rd ed. - Wellingborough Stephens, 1988.
387.50941 WHI (43754)

Distinguished Liners from the Shipbuilder
Compiled and edited with a new introduction by Mark D. Warren. New York: Blue Riband Publications, 1995.
387.2432 DIS <145716,24-2 Vols>

RMS Titanic 1909-12 (Olympic class): owners' workshop manual: an insight into the design, construction and operation of the most famous passenger ship of all time
David Hutchings and Richard de Kerbrech. Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes, 2011
623.8243 TIT (252835)

Titanic: a passenger's guide: White Star Line 1912

Compiled by John Blake. London Conway, 2011
910.453 TIT (252637)
An imaginative guide to the Titanic from a passengers perspective.

Inquiry

Report on the loss of the S.S. Titanic

Phoenix Mill, Gloucestershire: Sutton, 1990
910.453 TIT (184418)
Reprint. Originally published: London: His Majesty's Stationery Office 1912.

The Titanic enquiry website is an extensive website with both the US and British Inquiries into the sinking.

People and social history


'Lights': the odyssey of C.H. Lightoller

Patrick Stenson; with an introduction by Walter Lord. London: Bodley Head, 1984
387.5092 LIG (194169)
Lightoller gave evidence at the inquiry and is the most well known of the surviving crew with an eventful career at sea.

Titanic survivor: the newly discovered memoirs of Violet Jessop who survived both the Titanic and Britannic disasters
John Maxtone-Graham. Campbell, ACT: Boronia Press, 1998
910.453 TIT <159345>
Violet Jessop was a stewardess who's famous for also surviving a collision and sinking in the Titanic's sisterships.

Titanic valour: the life of Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
Inger Sheil. Stroud : History, 2012
910.453 TIT (25252)
The most recent biographical work about a surviving crew member.
Richard Davenport-Hines. London: HarperPress, 2011
910.453 TIT (252843)

Titanic voices: the story of the White Star Line, Titanic and Southampton

Written, compiled and edited by Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima. Southampton : Southampton City Council, Oral History, 1994
910.453 TIT <125742>

Last dinner on the Titanic: menus and recipes from the great liner
Rick Archbold; recipes by Dana McCauley; introduction by Walter Lord. St Leonards, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin, 1997
910.453 TIT <145310,190407>

Wreck and discovery



The Discovery of the Titanic

Robert D. Ballard. New York Warner Books, 1987
910.453 BAL (002904)

Exploring the Titanic
Robert D. Ballard ; edited by Patrick Crean ; illustrations of the Titanic by Ken Marschall. London Pyramid Books, 1988
910.453 TIT <126906>

The Wreck of the Titanic
Gillian Hutchinson. [London] National Maritime Museum, 1994
910.453 TIT <123986,94,147944)
Produced to accompany The National Maritime Museum's exhibition at Greenwich in 1994.

Monuments and Memorials

The National Maritime Museum Greenwich's Monuments and memorials website allows you to find Titanic memorials worldwide.

Objects and archives


For the 100 year anniversary there National Archives UK have a website called Titanic 100 year anniversary includes statistics about the vessel stories of the crew and passengers and highlights objects records and photos from their collection. There's also an interesting podcast called Titanic the official story.

Other educational resources at the National archives include the telegram recording the sinking of the Titanic which is part of their "Treasures from the National Archives" collection which can be explored online along with copies of crew lists etc.

Australians


Australians on board the Titanic (PDF) is produced by the Museum of Victoria and is a short informative and handy guide to Australians on board.

Safety of life at sea (SOLAS)


The International Maritime Organisation's handy guide to lessons learned from the Titanic disaster that were incorporated into the safety of life at sea convention (PDF) first adopted in 1914. Good for school projects.

Find out more


Titanic website at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is a fantastic new source of information about the Titanic shipbuilding technology during the period and social history of the area and accompanies their new Titanica living history experience.

Also in Belfast is the Titanic Experience, a tourist attraction and urban development in the dockyards where Titanic was built.

Our colleagues at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich in their ships and seafarers site have produced some very useful guides to the Titanic showcasing objects and photos from their collection and also include detailed bibliographies relating to the Titanic and authoritative answers to frequently asked questions.

Merseyside Maritime Museum also produce a detailed guide for researchers.

The Father Browne photographic collection also has some important and well known photographs of the Titanic.

The Library of Congress photostream on Flickr commons has some interesting photos of Titanic survivors.

Titanic demographics is an interesting website that looks at the demographics of passengers and crew.

Our library research guide for Shipwrecks salvage and corrosion includes some articles relating to the corrosion and conservation of Titanic artefacts and the ethics of salvaging from shipwrecks like the Titanic where there has been significant loss of life.