The Belfast Titanic Society, originally called the Ulster Titanic Society, was formed at a meeting in the Linenhall Library in Belfast in May 1992. Among those present at this first meeting were several Harland and Wolff men and those whose relatives had worked on Titanic. Also present were relatives of Tommy Millar (also lost on Titanic) and John Parkinson who as a young boy had seen the ship in the east Belfast ship yard. John later became President of the Society. Our first President was Marjorie McCormick (the daughter of foreman fitter Artie Frost who was lost on Titanic). The current President is John Andrews, great grand nephew of Titanic’s Thomas Andrew (Harland & Wolff’s Chief Naval Architect and Director)
We are unique in that we are the only Titanic Society in the world that holds regular meetings.
Meetings – are held September to May (refreshments are supplied by our own Titanic ladies). Meetings are held in Royal Belfast Academical Institution (this is one of the oldest School’s in Belfast, the one which William Pirrie, Thomas Andrews and Dr John Simpson attended) http://www.rbai.org.uk/.
Annual Gala dinner – the Society hold an Annual Gala Dinner at the end of March/ start of April. This is commemorating the anniversary of Titanic leaving Belfast on 2 April 1912.
Annual cricket match – this event is held in June at North Down Cricket Club, in Comber near to Ardara the home of the Andrews family who were key members of the Club and keen cricketers. http://www.northdowncricketclub.co.uk/
Special events – a range of special events in Belfast are supported by our Society’s own ‘Titanic Shop’. To enquire about provision of a Titanic Shop at your event contact our shop coordinator.
Nomadic Charitable Trust – the Society is represented on the Nomadic Charitable Trust which coordinates funding to restore the SS Nomadic, the last surviving link to the famous RMS Titanic and the White Star Line collection.
Titanic authority/ researchers and consultants - in addition to first class research activities by our society historian and other members will also provide consultancy to media organisations and to those with close connections to the Titanic story. We have a proven track record having worked with many organisations including worldwide media during the commemorative events of 2012 and in the years before. Examples include: Belfast City Council, Harland and Wolff, Titanic Developments, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, BBC, UTV, local newspapers and many foreign media organisations. Please email us for more information.
Talks – our Society are delighted to have been involved in the delivery of hundreds of Titanic related talks over the years from Belfast City Hall to schools and history societies. Please email our talks coordinator to see how we can help and for more information on our fees
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