Film: A Night to Remember (1958)
Time: Monday, 16 April, 2012, 17.45
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Tickets: Please buy tickets from the Filmhouse
The speaker will introduce the topic in a 10 minute presentation before the film and will also lead a post-film discussion with the audience
Film: A Night to Remember (U)
"A Night to Remember" is an extraordinary film that gives a magnificent account of the Titanic tragedy. The film is based on Walter Lord's book that describes what happened to the ship, that by all accounts, could not sink. The wonderful script illuminates on the facts of that fateful night in which the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic.
See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051994/
Tom shall concentrate on the role of communications technology in the tragedy, particularly wireless telegraphy which was relatively new at the time. The telegraphy traffic is well documented and it is interesting to note that the wireless operators were kept busy dealing with telegrams for passengers - the equivalent of texting today - to the detriment of more important messages about icebergs.
Guest Speaker: Tom Stevenson
Tom Stevenson has always been active in public engagement with science built on a career in microfabrication and microelectronics. He is the chairman of the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, Fife. The Museum specialise in communications technology from the pre- electric optical telegraph used in the Napoleonic Wars to the latest state- of- the- art web cams and cameras for mobile phones. The Museum has a major collection – over 40 tonnes - of artefacts covering electrostatics, telegraphy, telephony, audio, radio, television and video and IT as well as some early experimental radar, satellite, photographic and printing equipment plus a technical library of scientific literature and related documentation.