Posts tagged with 'titanic'
2 March 2012 by Rebecca
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…
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…
13 February 2012 by Rebecca
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…
30 January 2012 by Sam
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…
24 January 2012 by Sam
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…
24 November 2011 by Rebecca
This week I am working on the content for the Titanic and Liverpool:the untold story exhibition which opens March 2012. I am mainly focusing on an interactive touch screen which will allow visitors to explore the layout of Titanic. In the Merseyside Maritime Museum archives and library collection is The White Star- Olympic and Titanic summer brochure of 1911, which was published by The Shipbuilder. This edition features many illustrations for both vessels including a very detailed plan of the ships. I am always taken back by the variety of cabins designed and fitted out. The technical detail of the plans is very impressive. The leisure facilities available such as a library, gym, sauna and swimming pool, which were only available for first class passengers. Read more…
24 October 2011 by Rebecca
In the Mersey
As Curator of Maritime Collections (ship models and paintings) I look after an impressive paintings collection which reflects Liverpool’s influential and thriving maritime history.
I am currently working on the content for next year’s exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story. One of the themes will be ‘Home port’ which highlights Liverpool as the shipping capital of the World.
One of the objects on display for the exhibition will be Max Sinclair’s ‘In the Mersey’ which reflects Liverpool at the height of its influence as a port in 1889. The subtle Titanic link in this painting is the ‘City of New York’ liner depicted near the Liverpool landing stage.
As Titanic began her maiden voyage, the City of New York ship which was docked at Southampton at the time broke her moorings and almost collided with Titanic. This was caused by the huge suction created when Titanic left the dock.
The ‘City of New York’ was described as the fastest and largest ship during her career as a three-funnelled passenger liner.
‘In the Mersey’ is currently on display in the Art and the Sea gallery.
Bye for now. Read more…
Next year to mark the 100th anniversary of RMS Titanic’s sinking, Merseyside Maritime Museum will host a special exhibition exploring the ship through the lives of the Liverpool people at the heart of her tragic story. Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story will open in March 2012.
The exhibition will feature a lot of previously unseen material from our archives. Curator of maritime history Ian Murphy would also like to hear from you if you have any local stories about the Titanic to add; Read more…
31 May 2011 by Karen
April 1912 is the date most people usually associate with Titanic; whether it’s her leaving Belfast on 2 April, the start of her maiden voyage on 10 April, or her sinking on 15 April.
However, 31 May 1911 is also an important day on the Titanic calendar as it was the day on which the ship was launched. One hundred years ago today she slipped down the greased no. 3 slipway into Belfast waters, before being moved into dry dock for fitting-out.
It must have been a momentous day for everyone associated with the shipyard. Tickets were distributed for the 12.15pm event and a grandstand was erected for spectators. The spectacle was witnessed by over 100,000 people which must have been a sight in itself. Read more…