Titanic Foundation is an industrial and maritime heritage charity established in 2008 to develop a visitor attraction dedicated to RMS Titanic. The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction is built at the top of the Titanic and Olympic Slipways – in the heart of Titanic Quarter – one of the largest waterfront regeneration sites in Europe (185 acres), and once home to one of the largest shipbuilding yards in the world. RMS Titanic was one of over a 1000 ships designed and launched here. The shipyard was like a city within a city – joiners shop, mast shed, paint shop, fitting shop, cabinet shop, brass finishing shop, Engine fitting shop, forge, Coppersmiths shop, boiler shop as well as the Drawing Offices where the ships were designed. And in the middle of it all was the famous Arrol Gantry which stood as a giant backdrop to the city, similar to that of the H&W Cranes, Samson and Goliath, today.
Much of this infrastructure has disappeared throughout the years, sparking many an outcry from heritage enthusiasts and lobby groups. But all is not lost, as we slowly but deliberately pull the remaining links to the past into the transformation of shipyard into urban regeneration. To achieve this the Foundation must ensure Belfast’s maritime heritage is preserved for current and future generations to access and that Titanic Quarter becomes a shared space for the people of Belfast and Northern Ireland.
In April 2015 the Foundation acquired the SS Nomadic, the biggest Titanic artefact in the world, and aligned it with the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction. It now has hundreds of visitors every day who can get a real sense of the craftsmanship of the men who designed and built Titanic.
Our priority over the next few years is the restoration and development of the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarter Building into a four star boutique hotel. The project will see the heritage of the building preserved, with the most historically important rooms such as the Drawing Offices, developed as spaces for public use and telling the story of Belfast’s industrial heritage.
We are also working on the restoration and public display of Mew Island Optic, one of the largest and rarest lighthouse lenses in the world, which will be relocated to Titanic Quarter and displayed in a glass structure along the waterfront.
Similar to the shipyard during the first half of the twentieth century, our destination will continue to flex and expand as new opportunities emerge. Our vision – a unique tangible heritage experience integrated into contemporary urban regeneration at all levels.
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