Friday 27 May 2011

Sneak Preview of 'Titanic Belfast'

Titanic Belfast has released the first images of what visitors can expect to see when the iconic new attraction opens in Titanic Quarter next April. State-of-the-art technology, previously unseen footage and an exhilarating shipyard ride are just some of the features on offer.

The images include the restored Harland & Wolff shipyard gates located in a gallery dedicated to an exploration of Boomtown Belfast of the 1900s. Visitors will pass through the gates to join a ride that will take them on a tour of the shipyard as it was in 1911.

Other pictures show some of the building’s interactive exhibitions such as a fly-through of the ship, recreations of Titanic’s sumptuous interiors and a glass floor which surveys Titanic’s wreck using never seen before images. Some of the technology used is so advanced it has been specifically adopted from complex 3D imaging tools more commonly found in the biotech industry.

Conal Harvey, Deputy Chairman of Titanic Belfast Ltd, the building’s operators, said: “The spirit that built Titanic is reborn. The dreams and ambition, ingenuity and skill, passion and energy that created the world’s greatest liner are rekindled within Titanic Belfast. We promise to deliver an exceptional experience that entertains, enriches and inspires everyone who visits Titanic Belfast.”

Titanic Belfast’s six floors will tell Titanic’s story from its conception through to its construction and launch, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic loss. The story continues to the discovery of Titanic’s wreck and an Ocean Exploration Centre with exclusive access to footage from Titanic’s final resting place, as well as live links to current marine expeditions being undertaken by Dr. Robert Ballard who discovered the ship in 1985. The building’s nine interpretative and interactive galleries will use technology never seen before in Ireland, to retell the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her.

Cliodhna Craig, CEO of Titanic Foundation Ltd, an independent charitable Trust which owns the building, said: “There are dozens of Titanic museums across the world, but Titanic Belfast’s position at the head of the slipway where the ship was built, combined with new archive material and unrivalled technology, makes this a unique attraction.

The attraction will also include Northern Ireland’s largest banqueting and conference facility, the 750-seat Astor Suite, designed on a theme reminiscent of the grandeur of the Titanic. The glass fronted suite located on the building’s top floor will provide stunning panoramic views across the City and Belfast Lough.

Titanic Belfast is the largest man-made tourist attraction in Northern Ireland’s history and is expected to attract around 400,000 visitors annually.

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