Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress gallery

Please note that this gallery has now closed. The space will reopen as a new gallery  Lusitania: life, loss, legacy  on 27 March 2015.

Items linked to the Titanic are now on display in Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story  on the second floor.

Items linked to the Empress of Ireland will go back on display in 2015 in the Life at Sea gallery on the first floor.

The end of an era

In the early 1900s Liverpool was at the height of its prestige and influence. From the Pier Head you could see many of the biggest and finest passenger liners in the world. In the warm glow of the city’s 700th birthday celebrations in 1907 the future looked brighter than ever for the port and people of Liverpool.

They say that disasters come in threes. The sinking of the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland all happened within three years, 1912 to 1915. Each was a proud symbol of Edwardian Britain. Each had strong links with Liverpool and its people.

The combined effect of their loss on the port and people of Liverpool was devastating. In some ways, they marked the end of Liverpool’s Edwardian heyday. However, the damage they did to Liverpool was nothing compared to that caused by the First World War.

Futher information

The Maritime Archives and Library also hold a lot of relevant material about both ships, including the only surviving first class ticket for the Titanic. You can read more online, with information sheet number 41: RMS Titanic and information sheet number 42: RMS Lusitania.

The book Titanic and Liverpool is available to buy from the online shop.

Museum events

There are regular free spotlight talks and roleplayer performances about the Titanic. Further details and upcoming dates are on our Titanic events programme.