Belfast Maritime Trustthe charity responsible for promoting and preserving Belfast’s maritime heritage, marks a year of achievement by revealing a significant £4.5million investment for the gallery refresh program at Titanic Belfast.

Earlier this year Titanic Belfast charity owner Maritime Belfast Trust and commercial operator of Titanic Belfast announced details of a major gallery refresh program as part of the 10 of the tourist attraction.e milestone of the year. Scheduled to be delivered by February 2023, this investment underpins the Trust’s broader aspirations to provide a vibrant and connected heritage waterfront for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The investment, which comes from the Titanic Belfast Gallery Refreshment Fund set up when the building opened as part of the commercial operator agreement and owned by the charity, is expected to secure the attraction’s place as the one of the world’s top tourist attractions for the next decade.

Titanic Belfast will be closed from Monday 2nd January until Tuesday 28th February 2023. During this time you will have the opportunity to enjoy Titanic history with two daily outdoor tours featuring the iconic building and the slipways. the water.

Throughout 2022, the Maritime Belfast Trust has continued to invest in, preserve and promote Belfast’s iconic maritime heritage, with welcome support from key partners including the Port of Belfast, Belfast City Council and Tourism NI .

Key achievements made throughout 2022 include:

  • Nomad SS, the largest RMS Titanic artifact in the world, received a fresh coat of paint over the summer. The work was carried out by its original builders Harland & Wolff. The Maritime Belfast Trust invested £75,000 for the commissioned work.
  • Launch of Where Belfast Begins, a story plan framework for anyone interested in developing the city’s waterfront and the Maritime Mile. A guide to help bring Belfast’s 400-year-old distinct maritime history to life, influence development and create an iconic and authentic heritage destination.
  • Launch of Soundyard, a heritage-inspired play facility, which won the 2021 EastSide Award for Tourism Experience of the Year.
  • Maritime Milestones, a year-long campaign encouraging everyone to enjoy Belfast’s iconic waterfront experience through a series of anniversaries, events, heritage and international days bringing Belfast’s iconic waterfront to life all throughout 2022.
  • Sundays on the Maritime Mileover 10,000 visitors enjoyed a dynamic program of free music sessions along the Maritime Mile, supporting over 51 local artists.
  • 1.5 million total reach on social media, online and in the media about the work of the Maritime Belfast Trust.

is reflected on Belfast Maritime Trust achievements throughout 2022, Dr Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Chair of the Maritime Belfast Trust, said:
“The last twelve months have been about recovery, re-engagement and reflection. We celebrate major achievements in 2021/2022, including the launch of the award-winning SoundYard and the delivery of a dynamic program of events, drawing thousands of people to the waterfront daily. We are delighted to continue the celebrations in 2023 and launch the Titanic Belfast Gallery refresh programme. The £4.5 million investment from the Gallery Refreshment Fund is our biggest and most ambitious refreshment project to date. Titanic Belfast plays a key role in transforming Belfast’s iconic waterfront into a vibrant and accessible heritage destination and we look forward to continuing to work with all of our key stakeholders to shape the Maritime Mile.

Judith Owens MBE, Managing Director of Titanic Belfast, added:
Over the past 10 years Titanic Belfast has become one of the world’s top tourist attractions and has attracted over 7 million local, national and international visitors. The gallery refresh program will allow us to build on our success, push boundaries and stay at the forefront of the industry, enhancing the overall Titanic Belfast experience in innovative ways.

For more information on the Maritime Belfast Trust visit https://www.maritimebelfast.com/. Follow Maritime Belfast Trust on Twitter @MaritimeBelfast and LinkedIn Maritime Belfast Trust.

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