Recovery & Conservation
During seven research and recovery expeditions conducted between 1987 and 2004, RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) recovered over 5,500 artifacts. During the summer of 2010, RMS Titanic, Inc. completed Expedition Titanic, its eighth and most ambitious mission to the wreck site of Titanic. These artifacts range from a massive 15-ton portion of the Ship's hull on display at the Luxor in Las Vegas, to a delicate child's marble measuring only one-half inch in diameter. RMST maintains a comprehensive digital archive of these recovered and conserved artifacts, as well as photographic data from the site.
Why is it important to recover and conserve artifacts from Titanic's wreck site?
The bottom of the deep ocean is a hostile environment. Over time, human-made objects will be consumed by bacteria, abraded by sediments, and corroded by salt and acids. Even the Ship itself is slowly being destroyed by iron-eating microorganisms; and will one day collapse on the ocean floor. Artifacts that are not recovered from the wreck site will eventually be lost. RMS Titanic, Inc. is committed to recovering, conserving, and exhibiting artifacts from Titanic's wreck site to help preserve the physical memory of the Ship and the people who perished in the disaster. These recovery efforts have allowed people all over the world to have the opportunity to see three-dimensional objects that bore witness to the sinking and to gain new insights into the human dimensions of the tragedy.
Titanic's home at the bottom of the deep ocean is an unwelcoming environment. For nearly a century, agents of deterioration and corrosion— water, salts, acids, abrasive sediments, iron-eating microbes, bacteria, and other organisms— have created an atmosphere that inevitably destroys objects of all shapes and sizes.
RMST, Inc. is committed to rescuing and conserving the priceless artifacts from Titanic's wreck site to preserve the legacy of the Ship and those who perished. RMST and its parent company, Premier Exhibitions, preserve and protect these cultural resources to museum standards, ensuring that future generations will have access to these remarkable artifacts.
Preserving Titanic artifacts requires a collaborative team of conservators, curators, registrars, archaeologists, historians, and other experts to provide continual care and maintenance of the collection from the moment of recovery onward. By strictly following these procedures, RMST can safely share these unique artifacts with the public, while respecting their historical context as reminders of the RMS Titanic legacy.