Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Titanic was one of three ‘Olympic Class’ liners commissioned by the White Star Line to be built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Construction on Titanic began on 31 March 1909 and took three years to build, resulting in the largest and most luxurious vessel. Many of the components and products manufactured for the Titanic were produced by craftsmen from the West Midlands.
The components and products were wide ranging including: Titanic’s anchors built by Netherton’s Hingley & Sons, Birmingham based company ACME supplied Titanic with its pocket whistles for the crew, crews uniform buttons made by Firmin & Sons in Birmingham, cut glass tableware from Stourbridge and research by Andrew Lound curator at the Avery Historical Museum has found that 70% of the ships interior was made in the West Midlands including beds manufactured by Birmingham firm Hoskins & Sewell.
1912: A Titanic Odyssey – A Centenary Exhibition at the Avery Historical Museum, Soho Foundry, Foundry Lane, is open until April 29. The exhibition allows visitors to imagine what it was like to be a passenger on the largest liner of the world in 1912, trace the ship’s history and listen to audio recordings of survivors giving first-hand accounts of the tragedy. The exhibition also celebrates the regions connections with Titanic, for more information: http://www.averyweigh-tronix.com/titanic_exhibition/
1st FEBRUARY — 29thAPRIL 2012
Avery Historical Museum, Soho Foundry, Foundry Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 2LP (Map)
Entrance £4 and by advance booking only (except for open days).