Rudi was born in 1986 in Watford, Hertfordshire. Studying BA and MA History with the University of Hertfordshire, he is now researching a PhD on the socio-economic impacts of the coming of the railways. With a long-standing passion for history, particularly concerning transportation, he has assisted with a number of museum and university projects and has presented numerous lectures and articles on historical transportation themes.
A collector of Titanic memorabilia, Rudi has been fascinated by her story from a young age, and has been a member of the British Titanic Society since 1998. For the Centenary he acted as an advisor for the BBC and the National Archives, providing research, interviews and lectures. Rudi became Honorary Secretary of the Society in September 2012.
John was born in 1962, and lives in Wapping, east London. He has worked in the City of London for over 30 years, and is currently employed as a senior fund specialist with a major asset management company based in the capital. His interest in the Titanic began at a very early age having seen the classic film, A Night to Remember, based on Walter Lord’s iconic book of the same name. The Titanic story continued to fascinate him over the years, but his passion was finally cemented in 1993 after having attended the National Maritime Museum’s display of artefacts recovered from the ship. He later joined the British Titanic Society, and has not looked back since.
His particular interest is the ‘the Californian Incident’ which concerns the mystery ship seen by many eyewitnesses from the decks of the sinking Titanic. John’s other passion is badminton where he has administered a successful club in Wapping for the past 23 years. He discovered in 1993 both of his interests had a loose connection, when it was made known the sports centre where he played once operated as a repair yard for Harland and Wolff – builders of the Titanic.
Latterly, John has been actively involved in fundraising and development of Southampton’s new SeaCity Museum, where he helped the council to achieve a successful grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, he also continued to take an active part in the museum’s formation from the start. The SeaCity Museum opened to the public on the centenary of the ship’s departure from the port in April 1912. John became Membership Secretary and Honorary Treasurer of the Society in September 2012.
Nikki was born in 1963 and lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She has a career in Dentistry spanning more than 30 years, starting in 1980 training as a Dental Nurse before attending Birmingham Dental Hospital to study as a Dental Hygienist, and qualifying in 1984.
Her initial Titanic interest began in 1985, and she clearly remembers the wreck being found with the iconic images of her chandeliers still hanging in place two and a half miles below the Atlantic Ocean.
Nikki’s collection is an eclectic mix of White Star Line memorabilia, ranging in size from a dining ticket from the S.S. Laurentic to an oak panel from the 1st class corridor of the starboard promenade deck of R.M.S. Olympic. She also collects menus from various White Star Line ships and finds it fascinating to see what food was served aboard in the early 1900’s. The only exception is a Cunard Line example from the S.S. Carpathia, dated December 1912 – which featured giblet soup! The Holy Grail for me would of course be a menu from the R.M.S. Titanic - alas that will remain just a pipe dream.
Nikki has been a member of The British Titanic Society since 1999, and has just attended her 15th consecutive Convention. She became the Society’s Convention and Events Officer in March 2014.