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Titanic and Theatre in the Rough

29 June 2012 by Rebecca

young students sat together talking in a workshop

Copyright Keri Spellman

Earlier this year I met with Theatre in the Rough at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. They are a charity which promote new writing for the stage by young people aged 13-25 from across Merseyside.

The group were developing a series of plays about Titanic and Liverpool, and the Maritime History department were approached by their artistic director -acclaimed Liverpool playwright Chris Fittock. We provided support for the group including a Titanic presentation for these budding new writers, drawing upon the themes from our exhibition Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story. Read more…

Titanic survivor’s daughter visits maritime museum

31 May 2012 by Rebecca

two curators pictured with Titanic survivor Thomas Jones' daughter

Dawn Littler, Ellen Jones and Ian Murphy pictured in the maritime archives

We had a special visitor at the Maritime Museum yesterday. 91 year old Ellen Jones is the daughter of Titanic crewman Thomas Jones. She came in to the Merseyside Maritime Museum to see our exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story and look at a postcard in the Maritime Archives collection sent by her father to her mother Clara.

Able seaman Thomas Jones was born in Anglesey and was living in Liverpool when he signed on for Titanic’s maiden voyage. He was put in charge of lifeboat number 8 which had been ordered away carrying only 27 people, as other passengers had chosen to remain on Titanic believing it would not sink. Jones and a few others in the boat wanted to return to pick up other survivors, but they were overruled by the rest of the people in boat number 8. Read more…

Sea the real thing at Maritime Museum

20 April 2012 by Rebecca

handwritten letter by young girl to her father Titanic crew steward

Walking to the office this morning there is already a sense of anticipation and excitement for the Sea Odyssey event which starts today until Sunday. I saw the diver puppet half submerged in Salthouse Dock.

The event was inspired by May McMurray’s letter which is part of the Merseyside Maritime Museum archives and library collection. May wrote a letter to her father William McMurray and sadly he never received it. It was returned to the family unread. The letter is currently on display in the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. Read more…

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…

Theatre in the Rough and Titanic

17 April 2012 by Rebecca

theatre in the rough, group of young writers

Copyright Keri Spellman

Over the weekend I met with Theatre in the Rough at the Merseyside Maritime Museum who are a charity which promote new writing for the stage by young people aged 13-25 from across Greater Merseyside.
This year the group are developing a series of plays about Titanic and Liverpool, the maritime history department were approached by acclaimed Liverpool playwright Chris Fittock who is artistic director for Theatre in the Rough. We provided a Titanic presentation for these budding new writers, drawing upon the themes from the new exhibition Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story at the Merseyside Maritime 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- steam whistle

27 March 2012 by Rebecca

a large ships steam whistle and museum staff

 The steam whistle being displayed for the exhibition

The Willet Bruce Tri-Tone steam whistle which was from the ship MV Britannic (1930-1960) is one of the objects which will be on display in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition.

The steam whistles for Olympic and Titanic were the largest ever made at the time and could be heard for over a distance of 11 miles. This whistle is the same type as those found on Olympic and Titanic but it is quarter their size.
It was designed by William Joseph Willet Bruce who was a manager and engineers superintendent of White Star Line’s workshops on Strand Road, Bootle. Read more…

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story- telegrams

27 March 2012 by Rebecca

three curators on gallery with Titanic telegrams

Ian Murphy, Rebecca Watkin and Dawn Littler from the Merseyside Maritime Museum- with the telegrams ready to be displayed for the exhibition

Some of the key objects on display in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition is telegrams from the Merseyside Maritime Museum’s extensive archive and library collection. These messages sent and received using the Marconi wireless on the rescue ship Carpathia between 15-17 April 1912, when Titanic’s survivors were rescued and taken to New York. 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…

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