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MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Gustav Wilhem Wolff
- shipbuilder and rope maker
A talk by AIDAN MCMICHAEL Chairman Belfast Titanic Society
How did Gustav Wolff leave Hamburg at the age of 14 years of age and end up Chief Draughtsman and then co- director for one of the biggest ship builders in the world, as well as owner of one of the biggest rope makers in the world? He was Harland’s kindred spirit and they contractually bound to do nothing without each other’s knowledge ! Harland & Wolff were, and still are, viewed as "one of the greatest partnerships in maritime and industrial history". This talk aims to acknowledge the wider world and achievements of Wolff and explore some of his legacy.
Harland & Wolff were, and still are, viewed as "one of the greatest partnerships in maritime and industrial history". This talk aims to acknowledge the wider world and achievements of Wolff and explore some of his legacy.
SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER
Lost on the Titanic
- the Story of the Great Omar
A talk by DOMINIC RILEY in association with Linenhall Library
(The talk is open to the public in the Linenhall Library so please bring guests)
When it was completed in 1912, the ‘Great Omar’ was the most elaborate and opulent binding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather onlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf, and took a team of craftsmen over two and a half years to make. It went down with the Titanic! This talk tells the story of the ‘Great Omar ‘and the renowned bookbinders Sangorski and Sutcliffe, who were known for their fabulous jewelled bindings. It also tells the moving story of life after the tragedy, and of one young man in particular, who decided against the odds to recreate the binding – a venture which itself is mired in tragedy and which occupied him for the rest of his life.
Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, artist, teacher, writer and lecturer. He specialises in the restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings. He teaches bookbinding both in the UK and USA, and his prize-winning bindings are in collections world-wide, including the British Library, the Rylands Library in Manchester, the National Library of Wales and the Grolier Club in New York. In 2013 he was awarded first prize in the International Bookbinding competition, the Sir Paul Getty Award. His winning binding was acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Dominic is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and serves as Vice President of the Society of Bookbinders.
The Linen Hall Library is an independent and charitable body.www.linenhall.com
The full Belfast Titanic Society programme will be published w/c Sunday 11 Septemeber 2017 and will be available on this site as a downlaod in word and pdf formats - separate details will also be published on our Internet events and home pages.