V&A Dundee
Exhibition Opening Saturday 15 September 2018

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

Experience life on board the world’s greatest ocean liners in our unmissable opening show

  • Dates

    Opening Saturday 15 September 2018

  • Exhibition gallery

  • £6 - £12

    Please note, tickets for Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September are not yet on sale.

Discover how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity.

From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is the first exhibition to fully explore the design and cultural impact of ocean liners on an international scale, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board.


Exhibition Highlights

Photo for Riveters

Detail of 'Riveters' from Stanley Spencer's 'Shipbuilding on the Clyde' series, 1941.

Photo for Bathing suit

Two-piece bathing suit made of yellow wool jersey by Finnigans Ltd., London 1937-39.

Photo for Children's chair

Children's chair from the first-class playroom on the Normandie c. 1934.

Photo for Empress of Britain

Poster of the Empress of Britain for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31.

Photo for Engine

Model of a quadruple expansion tandem engine. Designed by Walter Brock and made by David Carlaw for William Denny Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland, 1887.

Photo for Normandie in NY

Normandie in New York, 1935-39.

Photo for Salambo dress

Silk georgette and glass beaded ‘Salambo’ dress, previously owned by Miss Emilie Grigsby, 1925.

Photo for Wall panel

Dining in front of the 'Decorative wall panel, SS United States by Charles Tissot.