On a blustery, dark autumn evening, TA Lecture speaker Tim Maltin spoke to a packed Boniface Hall full of parents, local Warminster residents, staff and pupils all waiting for the Titanic myths to be busted and boy weren’t they just.
Tim, who I can safely say, is an expert on the Titanic took us through the myths, the folklore and the fables surrounding its mystery. Its build, its seaworthiness, its sister ship and of course, it’s sinking. Tim held the audience captive for 45 minutes, which I have to confess wasn’t enough, he left us wanting more (which as any public speaker knows is difficult) and eloquently fielded questions from the floor. Including two from a very excited Headmaster, Matt Williams, present at his first TA Lecture.
The reason for the enthusiasm was the Headmaster had visited the Titanic, Belfast two years previously with his son Henry, now in Year 8 at Warminster. They spent a thoroughly enjoyable day going through the museum itself, walking along the slipways where the Titanic and sister ship Britannic were built and even dressed up as Edwardian seamen on the tender ship SS Nomadic. Matt’s original interest in the Titanic came from watching the now rather lambasted 80’s film ‘Raise the Titanic’, a far cry from James Cameron’s blockbuster. Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction opened in 2012, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built.
Tim who is clearly used to holding the audience in the palm of his hand is also a British author, historian and TV presenter. He is also one of the world’s leading experts on the Titanic and the author of three books on the subject, including 101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic…But Didn’t!, Titanic: First Accounts, both published by Penguin, and his latest book Titanic: A Very Deceiving Night, which is the subject of his Smithsonian Channel documentary Titanic’s Final Mystery and National Geographic film, Titanic: Case Closed. Tim is also a TV presenter and broadcaster, writing and presenting the above documentaries, as well as the landmark BBC Radio 2 live broadcast, Titanic, Minute by Minute, which he co-wrote and presented with Jeremy Vine, for Titanic’s centenary. This won a Bronze Award at the Sony Radio Awards, and the Grand Award and a Gold Award at the New York Radio Awards. Tim works in London and lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two children, Anna and Aubrey, who attend Warminster School. We look forward to inviting Tim back to enthral us even more and bust a few more of those myths.
Stella Aldridge, Deputy Head of Development & Alumni