31/03/2004

Rare Titanic artefacts go on display in Belfast

As Belfast prepares to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of the maiden voyage of the world’s most famous ocean liner, one of the most extensive displays of Titanic memorabilia outside the United States goes on display for the first time this week.

Over the past two decades, Wine Inns has been building up an impressive collection of Titanic related artefacts, from letters and postcards to the brass nameplate of Lifeboat No. 12 and ‘Philomena’, the doll recovered from the wreck site a few weeks’ later.

Among the more precious artefacts will be an extremely rare crew menu card, dated April 2 1912 – the day Titanic left Belfast – purchased by Wine Inns at auction last year and going on public display for the first time.

The collection will be seen in its entirety for the first time at Robinson’s Saloon in Great Victoria Street, from today – the 95th anniversary of the laying of Titanic’s keel.

This week's display is part of the build up toward the city's ‘Titanic - Made In Belfast’ programme which will run from April 10 through April 18.

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