As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Musée des lettres et manuscrits (Museum of Letters and Manuscripts) is presenting an impressive collection of documents and manuscripts related to the legendary accident.
Guests staying at the Hotel Regencia who are interested in these significant pieces of historical record can visit the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts until August 29, 2012.
During the night between the 14th and 15th of April 1912, an enormous cruise-ship believed to be unsinkable did exactly that. After crashing into an iceberg five days after its departure from Southampton, the Titanic’s maiden voyage, destined for New York City, came to a disastrous end. Although more than 1,500 passengers and crew members did not survive the accident, 700 people escaped the boat alive.
One of the survivors included an American novelist named Helen Churchill Candee, a woman who later inspired the Rose character in the epic James Cameron film « Titanic ». Unlike the youthful Kate Winslet who portrayed her, Candee was in fact 53 when the Titanic sunk. She wrote about the voyage and the sinking of the ship in a journal of 36 pages that has been conserved at the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts.
A century after the tragedy that has become a cultural phenomenon, the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts is presenting an exhibit of Candee’s journal as well as several other documents directly linked to the accident. This exhibit allows visitors to discover the thoughts and words of the real woman who inspired James Cameron in the creation of the main character in his record-breaking film.
Musée des lettres et manuscrits
222 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007
Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: 7 euros