Major TITANICa exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of launch of the Titanic in Belfast

By Richard Moss | 03 March 2011
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Culture and Arts Minister Nelson McCausland and William Blair, Head of Human History at National Museums Northern Ireland, with an original ticket for the Titanic© Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
The city of Belfast has long claimed a strong affinity with the memory of the Titanic. The iconic cruise ship was, after all, built in the city’s great shipyards and launched from the dockyards in 1911.

Despite her infamous sinking four days into her maiden voyage, the names Titanic and her builders Harland & Wolff have today come to symbolise the great era of Belfast shipbuilding.

Now this proud heritage is to be acknowledged with two new exhibitions opening at the end of May 2011 at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum marking the centenary of her launch.

TITANICa will open in the Transport Galleries of the museum and draw on National Museums Northern Ireland’s impressive collections to reveal more than 500 original artefacts relating to the Titanic and its wider context within the White Star Line fleet.

The exhibition will also reveal why Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic were built in Belfast and how local enterprise and skills combined to produce vessels of exceptional quality and design.

Life on board will be brought to life as the objects are brought together with personal stories to explore the tragic loss of Titanic in 1912.

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Nelson McCausland with tourist guide John Savage, dressed as a shipyard worker© Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
Accompanying the exhibition, TITANICa: The People’s Story will take place in the outdoor Folk Museum, where visitors will be able to explore a living history experience of Titanic and its times by experiencing people’s daily routines, activities and stories in the period before, during and after Titanic’s maiden voyage.

With backing to the tune of almost £1m from the Northern Ireland government at Stormont, the project has received the unequivocal backing of Culture and Arts Minister Nelson McCausland, who described the exhibitions as a “a welcome boost for the tourism offering in Northern Ireland at this challenging time.” 

An innovative trail will link the two exhibitions and explore the objects, the personal stories and the wider context of the Titanic story in relation to Northern Ireland.

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