Past Exhibition

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

Ran from 15 September 2018 to 24 February 2019
  • Dates

    Ran from 15 September 2018 to 24 February 2019

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

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style was our first in a series of major changing exhibitions showing the very best of international design.

From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners was 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.

Past Event


Key objects

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

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

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

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

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

Normandie in New York, 1935-39.

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

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