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Before the Maiden Voyage

Titanic Belfast

RMS Titanic is known around the world for the tragedy of her maiden voyage rather than as representing the technological prowess of Belfast in the early years of the 20th century.

Titanic Belfast celebrates the city’s shipbuilding and industrial heritage, placing the story of the Titanic at its heart. It charts the growth of the Harland & Wolf shipyard, the life and times of the people who crafted the Titanic and the passengers and crew who sailed in her.

Original drawings and records for the Titanic still exist. Contemporary technologies bring archival material to life, as nine episodic galleries lead from Boomtown Belfast to Titanic’s genesis, demise and rediscovery.

​Visitors take a ride through the different stages of Titanic’s construction, from laying the keel through to plating and riveting.

They enter a 3-D cave and are transported around the ship itself, from boiler rooms to the Captain’s Bridge, before visiting scale mock ups of First, Second and Third Class cabins. Exhibits shift from elegant to edgy, soaring to constraining.

The result is an emotionally engaging experience that stands as a metaphor for a city sloughing off its troubled past and becoming a global player.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Masterplanning
  • Funding Bid Support
  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Direction
  • Construction Management




Belfast, Northern Ireland


2009 - 2012

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‘A major factor in the success of Titanic Belfast has been the outstanding creativity and design work produced by Event.

Working with you was indeed a pleasant experience. ’

Conal Harvey
Deputy Chairman, Titanic Belfast LTD.