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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…

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.

Read more…

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…

The haunting music of the Titanic

30 January 2012 by Sam

three musicians playing string instruments

Catherine Johnson from the exhibition team has news of a special and very haunting piece of music that is bound to send shivers down the spines of visitors to this year’s Titanic exhibition:

A very special and extremely poignant arrangement of the hym ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ has been recorded for the upcoming exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, opening at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 30 March 2012.

The Titanic’s band were said to have played the hymn as the ship was sinking. Working with local composer Tom Moss, who prepared the arrangement, and three world class musicians, we aimed to recapture this emotional aspect of the sinking. All the members of Titanic’s band played until the last moments before going down with the ship. Read more…

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