Titanic inspired art exhibition by Adam De Ville for one week only from 10th March:

‘Preludes: Where you go I go’ takes inspiration from Gavin Bryars’ piece, Sinking of the Titanic, in which the composer imagines what happened to the music the band was playing as the sound continued to reverberate in the water while the ship sank.

Adam De Ville artwork featuring Captain Smith

Sample image from the exhibition

Adam hopes to carry this poetic notion through, imagining how the paint might react under water both physically and poetically, with the preludes being eye-witness accounts before, during and after, with the ‘after’ forming a prelude to history, to the passing of living memory and our continuing / changing ‘imagining’ of the event, like the music and paint, transformed by the depths of the ocean, of time.

He imagines these images hovering on the cusp of dissolving, disappearing in the echo of Bryars’ hauntingly beautiful music.

Nucleus Arts, Chatham High Street, starting 10th March for just one week.

Changes to Society Officers

Keeping you informed of changes within the British Titanic Society: David Scott-Beddard is the new Honorary Secretary. Bob Angel has now joined the committee as an officer. Commodore Ron Warwick is New Honorary President. Further details to follow…

HMHS Britannic Centenary Memorial Event


Commemorating the Centenary of the Sinking of HMHS Britannic

November 2016 marks the centenary of the sinking of His Majesty’s Hospital Ship Britannic – the biggest single ship sunk in World War One. Striking a mine off Greece while acting as a hospital ship, she sank in 55 minutes with the loss of 30 lives.  Aside from this sad statistic, Britannic holds another place in history: sister of RMS Titanic and last of the iconic Olympic Class liners.

To mark the centenary the British Titanic Society held a wreath-laying in cooperation with the Red Cross and Commonwealth War Graves Commission at the Tower Hill Mariners Memorial, London, where many of those lost are recorded. At 11:00 on Sunday 20th November 2016, the day before the centenary itself, there was a short presentation and a reading of names before the laying a wreath in their memory.


Titanic Crew Window design competition

The Society is delighted to announce a significant milestone has been reached in its aspiration to help install the first-ever stained glass window dedicated to the crew of the RMS Titanic.  On 7th September, the Worship Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass launched its 2016 Stevens Architectural Glass Competition with the objective to attract talented artists nationwide who can best design a befitting window for St. Mary’s Church, Southampton.  To view the competition brief, go to:


We wish all entrants the very best of luck!

New York Pier 54 Archway preserved

The New York Pier 54 Archway is to be preserved in situ.  Full details are available in the ‘Response to comments’ document here: http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/assets/content/general/Pier_54_RTC_2015-02-10.pdf (p39).

Metal framework of Pier 54 New York

Pier 54, New York

The response to comment 72 (p41) states “HRPT [Hudson River Park Trust] agrees that the arch is an important legacy that should be retained and it will be as part of the Pier 54 Connector Project and will remain in its existing location” and to comment 75 “HRPT and Pier55 agree that the history of Pier 54 should be recognized and plan to appropriately commemorate that history”.
Many thanks to all who aided this endeavour.

Jack Phillips – illustrated talk on 10th April

Mandy Le Boutillier, international Jack Phillips expert and  BTS member will give an illustrated talk telling Jack’s story before the loss of the Titanic and during the disaster, based on her collection of postcards he sent home to his Farncombe family.Friday, April 10th at 7.30 pm at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Crown Court, Godalming. Refreshments available and a grand raffle of Titanic themed prizes. Jack Phillips illustrated talk by Mandy le Boutillier on 10th April 2015 - event poster.

Tickets £5 from Godalming Museum, 01483 426 510

Proceeds of this event will go towards the conservation of the Post Office memorial to Jack Phillips and its display at the Museum.

‘The man who left the Titanic’ performance on board the Cutty Sark

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre is hosting the play The man who left the Titanic written by Patrick Pryor and performed by Isosceles (Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden) on Saturday, March 28th at 19:45. The play deals with the last hours of the Titanic, and the aftermath of J. Bruce Ismay’s decision to step into a lifeboat and sail away from the sinking ship.

The theatre is situated in the lower hold of Cutty Sark, where precious cargoes of tea and wool were stacked over a century ago. In the central section of the ship is converted during evening time, to create  an eclectic performing arts space, unique in the world.

Tickets are at £15 and the play is 1.30 hrs long including an interval. There is also a Meal offer (with Prosecco for £17.50), at the Keel Café before the show, for those who wish to make it an evening out.

Special offer for British Titanic Society members - tickets 2 for 1 with the following voucher code used to book online:


enter the code whilst booking here: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/studio-theatre/the-man-who-left-titanic


You can find out more at:

The man who left the Titanic play poster for Saturday 28th March on board Cutty Sark







‘SOS Titanic’ & ‘Titanic’ actor David Warner offers support to crew window appeal

David Warner as Lawrence Beesley in SOS Titanic

David Warner as Lawrence Beesley in SOS Titanic 1979

As fundraising for the St. Mary’s Church memorial crew window gathers apace, Emmy Award winning film actor, David Warner has offered his full support to the project.  Known for many roles on the big and small screen, David is one of the very few actors to have appeared in two Titanic movies; firstly, portraying second class passenger, Lawrence Beesley in the 1979 film, S.O.S. Titanic.  He then appeared as the villainous fictional character Spicer Lovejoy in James Cameron’s 1997 lavish production, Titanic.

With thanks to David Warner for his kind assistance.

David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy in 'Titanic' 1997

David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy in ‘Titanic’ 1997