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Lecture focuses on preserving the legacy of Titanic

Published: 24 May 2011

An internationally renowned conservator from RMS Titanic, Inc. will host a lecture on the discovery and preservation of RMS Titanic artefacts next week to mark the centenary of the great ship’s launch.

Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections at RMS Titanic, Inc.Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections at RMS Titanic, Inc., the Salvor in Possession of the wreck site, will present the fascinating story of some of the objects recovered from the Atlantic. 

Her lecture takes place the day after the launch of TITANICa: The Exhibition in the Transport Galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum which features more than 500 objects including seven never-before-seen artefacts from the Titanic wreck site.  It is the first time items from the lost ship have gone on display in Northern Ireland.  

TITANICa: The Exhibition features 35 items recovered from the wreck including a part of the hull structure, a porthole, silverware, glassware and personal belongings.  

Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections at RMS Titanic, Inc. said: “RMS Titanic, Inc. is thrilled to partner with National Museums Northern Ireland and tell the poignant and fascinating story of these artefacts in my lecture Preserving A Legacy:  Titanic and Her Artefacts.  It is my honour and privilege to share this story with Belfast exactly 100 years after the launch.” 

Booking information:

The lecture takes place in the Rail Galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at 7.30pm on Wednesday June Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from Hilary Conor at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, on 028 9042 8428. 

For more information visit our what's on pages.

Additional information:

Below is the list of never before seen artefacts on loan to National Museums Northern Ireland from RMS Titanic/Premier Exhibitions. 

  • Soup Bowl, First Class Restaurant 

This soup bowl was produced by Royal Crown Derby probably for the first-class à la carte Restaurant.  The service was ordered through Stonier and Co., Liverpool.  Although the original decoration has been lost, the ghosting on the surface shows a delicate swag pattern associated with the a la carte Restaurant.

  • Soup Plate, Third Class Dining Room Service

The third-class service represented by this soup bowl was sturdy, white earthenware with the red White Star Line logo applied to the surface.

  • Hand Mirror ‘Royal Ivoire France’ 

This is one of several hand mirrors produced by “Royale Ivoire France.”  The handle and backing are made of an early form of plastic created as a faux ivory which allowed for mass production.  

  • Dish, First Class Dining

This is one of several first-class glass serving dishes.  Reminiscent of a ribbed shell, this candy or condiment dish has a modern appeal.  The White Star Line logo is etched into the glass at the apex of the dish.

  • First Class cup

The First Class Dining Saloon used a table service with an elaborate gold and turquoise design.  This cup still retains some of the gold decoration while the colours have disappeared.

  • Demitasse cup Café Parisien

This demitasse cup decorated with one of Spode’s famous cobalt blue designs is thought to have been used in the exclusive Café Parisien, adjacent to the à la carte Restaurant.  The gold Greek key pattern within a cobalt field at the rim provides a striking pattern.

  • Sub Flooring from Grand Staircase

“Litosilo”, a magnesite composition, was used in Titanic’s construction as a subflooring on dry, enclosed spaces such as cabins and hallways.  The cement was poured in two layers with the pink layer uppermost.  Decorative tiles could then be attached to the flooring.  This example probably came from an area near the after stair case.

  • Premier Exhibitions is a private company based in Atlanta, America.  It has conducted seven research and recovery expeditions to the wreck of the Titanic recovering more than 5,500 artefacts.
  • As salvor-in-possession of the ship, Premier Exhibition’s goal is to preserve and display these objects in memory of those who perished with the Titanic.
  • Titanic lies about 400 nautical miles southeast of Newfoundland in 12,500 feet of water. It was discovered on September 1 1985 by a team of scientists led by Captain Jean Louis Michel of IFREMER (Institut francais de recherché pour l’exploitation de la mer) and Dr Robert Ballard, then of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • TITANICa: The Exhibition contains over 500 artefacts and provides the first ever opportunity to see collections from the recently acquired White Star Line collection and RMS Titanic.
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