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Titanic Playathon – can you play?

17 April 2012 by Lucy

Boy playing a violin

We are appealing for string quartets of all ages to play this Saturday and Sunday

Do you play an instrument? No matter how old or young, or how long you’ve been playing, we’d love you to get involved in our Titanic Playathon this weekend at the Museum of Liverpool.

This Saturday and Sunday, we’re hosting a poignant tribute to the brave Titanic Orchestra, who courageously played as the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912.

Local string quartets are invited to take part in the Titanic Playathon which is aimed at sustaining constant live music throughout opening hours at the Museum. Read more…

Titanic: the families

11 April 2012 by Rebecca

black and white photograph of Mary Gregson, a Titanic stewardess

Liverpool born Mary Gregson, a Titanic stewardess who features in the Aftermath section of the exhibition. Copyright Liverpool Daily Post and Echo archives

James Johnston was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in 1871 and he lived in Liverpool with his wife and five children. He worked for White Star Line and boarded Titanic for her delivery voyage from Belfast as a first class steward.

Millvina Dean was born in London in 1912 and boarded Titanic in Southampton. She was only six weeks old and she was travelling as a third class passenger with her family who are moving to America to start a new life. Read more…

Win a mounted print of the RMS Olympic ship!

10 April 2012 by Lisa

RMS Olympic ship

White star liner Olympic – sister of Titanic – looking aft (1920). Reproduced by permission of English Heritage: BL24990/021

To commemorate the Titanic centenary, we’re offering you the chance to win an A3 mounted print of either Titanic’s sister ship RMS Olympic or the White Star Line’s Liverpool offices! 

One runner up will receive a copy of ‘Titanic and Liverpool’ by Alan Scarth and a photography book which accompanies our current exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

To enter, you need to answer this question:

Which photographer(s) were commissioned by the White Star Line to photograph RMS Olympic in 1920?  Read more…

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story- first object installed

15 March 2012 by Rebecca

4 handling team members lifting a large ship's bell

The handling and transport team with the Britannic Bell.

I’m really exited to announce that the Britannic (III) bell was the first object to be installed for the exhibition. I met with our handling and transport team Monday morning and it’s always fascinating to watch these guys work. One of main assets within NML is the collections the bold and beautiful items that range from the very small to the very large. The Maritime Museum collections include the pilot cutter Edmund Gardner – the largest accessioned object in National Museums Liverpool – as well as delicate paper items from our archives. Read more…

Titanic model: the three sisters

2 March 2012 by Rebecca

curator next to ship model being filmed

The BBC visited the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum this week and interviewed Ian Murphy, curator of Maritime History and Deputy Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. They were filming the Harland & Wolff builders’ model of Titanic which is a permanent feature of the gallery.

This year is an important one for Titanic which sank 100 years ago in April 1912. This unique six metre long model was built between 1910-11and has a very interesting history. The model was altered many times over the years by Harland & Wolff and it has represented all White Star Olympic Class liners: – Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. Read more…

Victor Giglio

15 February 2012 by Rebecca

Picture of Titanic

Can you help us put a face to a Liverpool related Titanic passenger? Victor Giglio was a first class passenger on the ill-fated liner and we’d like to find more information and a photo of this victim of the disaster.

 Victor was valet to American multi-millionaire Ben Guggenheim and the two men deliberately dressed in evening clothes as the huge liner slowly sank. Ben, closely attended by Victor, was heard to say: “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.” Read more…

White Star Line ship models- new display

13 February 2012 by Rebecca

Photo of Ben Whittaker, curator, with ship models in background

Ben Whittaker and the new ship models display.

Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History tells us about a new display in the Merseyside Maritime Museum:-
It’s not long now until our eagerly awaited new Titanic exhibition opens.  But to wet the appetite, you can see a new display about Titanic’s owners the White Star Line.  The display features six beautiful White Star Line ship models from our ship model collection, and is the first time that they have been displayed together.  The detail on some of these models is extraordinary, and they have been lovingly cleaned and restored by our Ship and Historic Models Conservators.  The models include:
- Oceanic (I), 1871.  Oceanic was the first ship made for Thomas Ismay’s White Star Line, and was built by Harland and Wolff.  She is generally considered to have been the forerunner of the modern luxury liner.
- Magnetic, 1891.  Magnetic was a tender vessel used on the Mersey to transfer goods and passengers between the Liverpool landing stage and large White Star Line passenger ships like Teutonic and Majestic.
- RMS Cedric, 1903.  Cedric was the second of White Star’s famous ‘big four’ liners completed between 1901-1907.  These were the immediate predecessors of the ‘Olympic class’ liners of 1911-1915, which included Titanic.  This model is over three and a half metres long, and it was a challenge to get it into the building and installed in the display case!
The  display can be found in the second floor Art and the Sea gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition opens 30th March 2012.

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Inquiries and Reputations

10 February 2012 by Rebecca

Coutroom sketch- Ismay being questioned.

Bruce ismay being questioned by the attorney general. Copyright Julia Quenzler.

This illustration is taken from the Inquires and Reputations presentation in the forthcoming Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum. It was created by the artist Julia Quenzler who sketches real life court room scenes for the BBC and shows Bruce Ismay being questioned at the British inquiry into Titanic’s sinking. This part of the exhibition looks at accounts from crew and passengers given at the inquiry in 1912. Read more…

Happy Birthday Mr Dickens!

7 February 2012 by Rebecca

stateroom cabin model

Michelle Walsh, Assistant Curator of Maritime History tells us about the Charles Dickens maritime link:

As Sam has mentioned, today marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, born 7th February 1812. This reminded me of the small model, currently on display in the Life at Sea Gallery, of the stateroom that Charles Dickens and his wife stayed in on their voyage to America.

Dickens and his wife were given a first-class stateroom for their 14 day voyage from Liverpool to Boston, USA in 1842. Despite this accommodation being luxurious by the standards of the time, Dickens did not feel it lived up to the advertisement by the agents. He comments in his travelogue American Notes for General Circulation; Read more…

The letter that never reached the Titanic

24 January 2012 by Sam

hand written letter

Detail of May Louise McMurray’s poignant letter

As the title suggests, this year’s major exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, will focus on local connections to the disaster – a side of the tragedy that many people may not be aware of. The liner never visited the port but was registered here and many of the crew were based in Merseyside. The loss of the ship and so many people on board therefore had tragic consequences for many families in the area. Read more…