Lonely Planet Writer

Menus, shoes and gloves recovered from Titanic wreck go on display in Las Vegas

More than a century after the RMS Titanic sank many people remain fascinated by the ill-fated British voyage. Now, a collection of artefacts retrieved from the ship will go on display for three months in Las Vegas, before they are retired from public view.

This degraded pair of cotton gloves was originally white and probably belonged to a gentleman. They are still attached at the cuff, so they had not yet been worn.
This degraded pair of cotton gloves was originally white and probably belonged to a gentleman. They are still attached at the cuff, so they had not yet been worn. Image by Credit Premier Exhibitions

The seven pieces, which include clothing and paper documents, were retrieved from the shipwreck almost 30 years ago and will be on display at the Luxor Hotel and Casino starting on 15 April.

The exhibition comes 104 years after the Titanic struck an iceberg in the Atlantic and sank on its way to New York, causing the death of more than 1,500 passengers and crew members.

This men's leather shoe fragment consists of the welt, top cap and partial quarter with the insole. This shoe has never been previously exhibited due to its fragile condition.
This men’s leather shoe fragment consists of the welt, top cap and partial quarter with the insole. This shoe has never been previously exhibited due to its fragile condition. Image by Credit Premier Exhibitions

After the exhibition, the pieces will go back to a Premier Exhibitions facility and put in monitored conservation, where they will be available to historians, archaeologists and researchers.

The organizers noted that while many glass and metal pieces on the ship stayed intact, textiles and paper products are rare.

Waiters from the exclusive à la carte restaurant on board would jot down lunch and dinner orders on pads such as this for the chefs to prepare in the galley.
Waiters from the exclusive à la carte restaurant on board would jot down lunch and dinner orders on pads such as this for the chefs to prepare in the galley. Image by Credit Premier Exhibitions

“Textiles and paper goods that were recovered survived because they had been contained within tanned leather luggage, bags or wallets at a generally stable temperature. After 20 years of rotating display we have determined these seven fragile pieces of history must be returned to the collections storage so they can be preserved for future research and interested generations to come”, said Alexandra Klingelhofer, the vice-president of collections for Premier Exhibitions Inc., in a news release.

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition will stay on display at the hotel and casino until 18 July.