Past Exhibition Ran from 3 February 2018 to 17 June 2018

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

This exhibition explored the romantic and remarkable age of ocean travel

full of fascinating moments, and animated throughout by a breezy, buoyant spirit

The Telegraph

This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington

This exhibition presented a journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and explored how these impressive vessels helped shape the modern world.

Viking Cruises are proud to sponsor Ocean Liners: Speed & Style. Inspiring destinations, stunning ships, spacious staterooms, unrivalled food and service, and fantastic value for money are all reasons why Viking's cruises are consistently voted the best. There really is no more relaxing or rewarding way to see the world.

Exhibition Highlights

Lounge panel fragment from the Titanic, c. 1911. © Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Nova Scotia.
Working model steam engine of a quadruple expansion engine, designed by Walter Brock, made by David Carlaw, 1887, Scotland. © Glasgow Museums.
Titanic in dry dock. © John Parrot/Stocktrek Images/Getty images.
Child's chair, Normandie © Miottel.
Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, 1920 – 31. Museum no. E.2215-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Lady Allan's tiara worn on Lusitania, Cartier, c. 1909, France. © Cartier Foundation.
Luggage previously belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Goyard, about 1950. © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California.
Silk georgette and glass beaded 'Salambo' dress, Jeanne Lanvin, 1925, France. Musuem no. T.151&A-1967. Given by Lord Southborough. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Paquebot ‘Paris’, Charles Demuth, 1921-22. © Columbus Museum, Ohio. .
Riveters: Shipbuilding on the Clyde, Stanley Spencer, 1941, UK. museum no. OLD-071. © Imperial War Museum, London.
Panel from The Rape of Europa for the first-class grand salon on board Normandie, Jean Dupas, made by Jacques-Charles Champigneulle, 1934, France. © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California.
bathing suit
Left to right: bathing suit, Viking, 1925 – 9, UK. Given by Amy de le Haye. Museum no. T.93-1994. Two piece bathing suit, retailed by Finnigans Ltd, 1937 – 9, UK. Museum no. T.294&A-1971. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Ocean Liners: Speed and Style