Titanic Album On Show

View never before seen photographs of the iconic liner currently on display in the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

A family photograph album containing never before seen images of Titanic during her launch and departure from Belfast, and stunning photographs of the Olympic, has gone on display in the TITANICa exhibition at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Northern Ireland.

The exceptional photograph album, containing 116 prints, belonged to John W Kempster, who was a Director and the Master of Ceremonies at Harland & Wolff at the time of Titanic and Olympic. It includes 13 pictures from the launch of the Titanic in May 1911, including Lord Pirrie returning from his inspection of the hydraulic rams, and the famous liner going down the slipway and being chased by spectators.

Owner of the album, Steve Raffield, said: 'I was extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to purchase this photo album two years ago. I am of course thrilled and delighted that these wonderful photos will now go on public display at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. I hope as many people as possible will see and enjoy the photos. They really are remarkable.'


Whilst on display in the TITANICa exhibition until summer 2015, the album will be closed, due to its sensitivity to light. However visitors will be able to view each photograph through an audio-visual display which shows the individual pages of the album turning. There will also be enlargements of some of the photographs within the display.

Visit the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum website for more information.