The story of the Titanic has captivated the imaginations, hearts and minds of people around the world for over 100 years.
Miles under water, Titanic’s wreck site is now a memorial to the souls who perished that fateful night. All that’s left are their possessions, salvaged from the sea floor. Today, these items are a means to remember and a solemn tribute to those that lost their lives.
The future of the Titanic Artefacts Collection is in peril - we want to protect these valuable artefacts and bring them home for future generations.
What is the Titanic Artefacts Collection?
A collection of artefacts recovered from RMS Titanic’s wreck site over the course of seven deep sea expeditions between 1987 and 2004. There are approximately 5,500 individual items in the collection. Now, there’s an historic opportunity to bring them home.
Why is the campaign taking place?
Due to the bankruptcy of the current owner, Premier Exhibitions based in the USA, there is now a unique opportunity for this entire collection to be brought back to the UK and Ireland, as a whole. It is very important that the unique collection of objects raised from the wreck site debris field is kept together and held in public ownership for the benefit of people today and for future generations.
How is Titanic Belfast involved?
The #TitanicArtefacts campaign is a unique collaboration between Titanic Belfast, Titanic Foundation Limited, the National Maritime Museum (part of Royal Museums Greenwich, England), and National Museums Northern Ireland. Together, we are working to protect and preserve the entirety of the collection to ensure these items are not split up and sold to private collectors around the world.
What happens if the endeavour fails?
If the bid is rejected by the US courts on 25th July 2018 and the collection is put up for general sale, the most likely scenario is that it will be broken up and thus lost as an identifiable collection. This almost certainly could never be rectified.
Where will the artefacts be displayed?
Titanic Belfast will be the principle venue for the public display of artefacts. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which will be joint custodian of the collection alongside National Museums Northern Ireland, will also host a selection of the artefacts on display.
Artefacts not on display will be cared for and stored at the National Maritime Museum’s Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre which provides state-of-the-art conservation and storage facilities for artefacts.
Help us bring them home...
Download the graphic and show your support for the campaign using #TitanicArtefacts or sign up for more info on how to help at titanicartefactscollection.com.