Titanic passengers’ life stories revealed

The Titanic: Window on Emigration exhibition Belfast
Above: Titanic: Window on Emigration also tells the story of the only third class passenger on Titanic from Northern Ireland.

A fascinating new exhibition about the lives of Irish passengers on the Titanic has opened at the Ulster American Folk Park in Belfast

The Titanic: Window on Emigration exhibition Belfast
Above: Titanic: Window on Emigration also tells the story of the only third class passenger on Titanic from Northern Ireland.

Titanic: Window on Emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park explores the stories of steerage passengers, why they decided to pursue a life in America and what happened to many of the 40 Irish survivors.

Speaking at the official opening of the exhibition, Pat O’Donnell, curator of Exhibitions & Collections at the Ulster American Folk Park, said, ‘On April 11 1912, 113 people boarded Titanic at Queenstown near Cork. Only 40 Irish Titanic survivors eventually made it to America. Although many of the survivors’ later lives turned out well, many of them remained as silent about the sinking of Titanic as they were about the trauma of permanently leaving home.’

Exhibition highlights include 300 original artefacts including examples of Edwardian costume like those worn by third class passengers as well as jewellery and personal items from the era. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a recreation of a typical third class cabin on board Titanic.

The Titanic: Window on Emigration exhibition will run at the Ulster American Folk Park until January 26 2014. Please visit www.nmni.com for more details.

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