The sinking of the Titanic

RMS Titanic lifeboat No6 approaches rescue ship Carpathia (COPY 1/566)
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Why were so many lives lost in the disaster?

Exploring information and testimony submitted to the British government inquiry into the sinking of Titanic, students investigate why so many passengers and crew lost their lives in the early hours of 15 April 1912. Through close analysis of these documents, students link causes, reaching a conclusion about which factors were most significant.

This workshop supports schools studying challenges to Britain and the wider world, 1901 to the present day.

Connections to the curriculum: History

Available as: Virtual Classroom or workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:

Virtual classroom

in your classroom

1 hour


at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 3

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5365

Fax: +44 (0)20 8487 9202