Exhibit To Recapture Ocean-Liner Glamour

A piece of the RMS Titanic will next year return to Britain for the first time since it sailed from Southampton on its doomed maiden voyage in 1912. A fragment of the carved wooden overdoors in the first-class lounge—the largest surviving relic of the ship—will be the last object on show in a 2018 exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (3 February-10 June). The rare loan from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Canada, comes “from where the liner split apart”, said the museum’s director, Tristram Hunt, at a press briefing yesterday. (Pictured is the Normandie.) The exhibition will

present more than 250 items, many of them never seen before in Europe, including an 1880s model of a quadruple expansion steam engine, a Lanvin beaded silk flapper dress worn by a well-travelled New York socialite and a Cartier diamond and pearl tiara saved from the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland during the First World War.

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