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« on: May 20, 2017, 05:15 PM »
Exhibition on "Glamour, speed and style" of the ocean liners, currently in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem :

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Exhibit-explores-heyday-of-Atlantic-Ocean-luxury-liners-10201887

Photograph of a superb Queen Elizabeth model there!

The exhibition comes to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in February next year.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2017, 05:54 PM »
This looks like an amazing exhibition! Love the model of the Queen Elizabeth!  :)
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 03, 2018, 02:24 PM »
Slightly off subject but still partially relevant, there is a conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on Ocean Liners on Friday 2nd March 2018. If you go to the V & A website the advert is there on the home page.

Sadly i will not be around to go but my eldest daughter is thinking of going and will, hopefully, 'report' back!

She has traveled of several Cunard ships, QE2, Vistafjord, Royal Viking Sun & QM2, so has a pecuniary interest, so to speak.

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Slightly off subject but still partially relevant, there is a conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on Ocean Liners on Friday 2nd March 2018. If you go to the V & A website the advert is there on the home page.

Sadly i will not be around to go but my eldest daughter is thinking of going and will, hopefully, 'report' back!

She has traveled of several Cunard ships, QE2, Vistafjord, Royal Viking Sun & QM2, so has a pecuniary interest, so to speak.

The V&A exhibition is moving to the new Dundee V&A later this year, can't wait!
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 03, 2018, 04:31 PM »
The V&A exhibition is moving to the new Dundee V&A later this year, can't wait!

Rob I am sure there will be lots of discussions on the exhibition.  Professor Bruce Peter, GSA was involved in this exhibition. 

The exhibition will be in London until 17 June.
https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/about-the-ocean-liners-speed-style-exhibition

In September the exhibition can be seen in Dundee at the new V&A .  Waverley suggested a forum get together
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,8125.msg91791.html#msg91791

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 04, 2018, 12:53 AM »
I read about this on Cunard's Twitter page. Really looking forward to it!

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 12, 2018, 11:10 PM »
Tonight I received my copy of the stunning book that goes along with this exhibition.

I do hope Bruce Peter has a copy, cos it's right up his street! He's presumably helped with it.  Focussed firmly on the design, style and imagery of the ocean liner, it's a feast for the eyes, it's a substantial book and will take a while to get through!
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 13, 2018, 07:48 AM »
I received my copy of the book some time ago Rob - it is great and QE2's place and contribution is secure! I'm going to see the exhibition on 3 March and looking forward to it.

Before leaving Cunard I worked closely with the organisers on several aspects including their work with the Transart QE2 book and the Race chairs. Of greater interest to me was the work I undertook for them on the Cunard red-letter blocked capitals which has survived more or less intact since being phased in since 1963. It must be one of the longest-serving formats for a major international company...

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 13, 2018, 11:10 AM »
Tonight I received my copy of the stunning book that goes along with this exhibition.

I do hope Bruce Peter has a copy, cos it's right up his street! He's presumably helped with it.  Focussed firmly on the design, style and imagery of the ocean liner, it's a feast for the eyes, it's a substantial book and will take a while to get through!

Bruce helped with the exhibition, so he may have had input to the book.  I will certainly want to add the book to my collection. 

Luck Michael going to the exhibition in March, I will need to wait until September when it is in Dundee.
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 22, 2018, 11:45 AM »
Bruce Peter has drawn attention to the Conference, which will happen on 2 March :

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/km0dPZm8/ocean-liners-conference

Looks like an excellent event not to be missed if you can be in the area on the day!

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 22, 2018, 02:24 PM »
Bruce Peter has drawn attention to the Conference, which will happen on 2 March :

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/km0dPZm8/ocean-liners-conference

Looks like an excellent event not to be missed if you can be in the area on the day!

I'd love to have gone to that, it looks fantastic, thanks for posting, but even a brief trip to London just costs a fortune... maybe they'll do another in Dundee during its time there...
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« Reply #13 on: Feb 22, 2018, 09:12 PM »
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  I'd love to have gone to that, it looks fantastic, thanks for posting, but even a brief trip to London just costs a fortune.. 
I agree, ld love to have gone to see it, Having a rare long weekend off from work next week, But London hotel rates are a world of their own. For the price of a room in my usual place (which is fully booked) l could have a suite in Vegas for the same price.
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« Reply #14 on: Feb 23, 2018, 01:09 AM »
London is an expensive proposition for me too, even though I'm on the South Coast. Also coming up to Scotland is almost a non starter from a financial point of view (options considered). A touring exhibition around the country would be ideal!
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« Reply #15 on: Feb 23, 2018, 10:07 AM »
We visited the exhibition last week and it's excellent, containing furniture and items from many great ships, including QE2, Normandie, United States and Queen Mary.  There is also a fantastic model of Queen Ellizabeth and a huge screen showing the QE2 sailing across it...if I can work out how I could post some pictures, well worth a visit and yes the book is great too...

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 24, 2018, 07:04 PM »
I decided to blow caution to the wind and booked up to attend the conference on Friday 02 March and the exhibition on Wednesday 14 March. Must be keen as I'll have to take the 04.15am coach to London to get to London in time for the start of the conference at a reasonable cost!
Looking forward to it!

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« Reply #17 on: Mar 02, 2018, 10:38 AM »
Tonight I received my copy of the stunning book that goes along with this exhibition.......

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« Reply #18 on: Mar 04, 2018, 02:50 PM »
Bruce Peter has drawn attention to the Conference, which will happen on 2 March :

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/km0dPZm8/ocean-liners-conference

Looks like an excellent event not to be missed if you can be in the area on the day!

Unfortunately ....well perhaps fortunately, ...the conference was POSTPONED due to the very bad weather conditions last Friday. A new date is yet to be announced. The V&A will honour all previously booked tickets for last Friday 02 March 2018 or offer to refund the cost of the ticket

Hopefully I shall be able to reschedule once the new date is announced

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« Reply #19 on: Apr 03, 2018, 05:40 PM »
I have visited the exhibition in London today and I would certainly recommend it.  I will also be posting some pictures later on - possibly at the weekend.  I see the huge screen with QE2 sailing across it is mentioned up the thread, but what does not seem to have been mentioned is that it is arranged as if you were watching her sail past from the deck of another ship - an excellent and imaginative touch.
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« Reply #20 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:03 PM »
I decided it would be unfair to make you lot wait a few days for it... here it is...

It's not just the ship that moves.  The waves move, the exhaust moves, the size of the ship changes according to distance... it's so real that you just have to go and see it for yourselves.

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« Reply #21 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:06 PM »
It's not just QE2 that sails past either...
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« Reply #22 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:09 PM »
By the way... just for good measure, here's an actual wooden pattern for one of the smaller parts of QE2's original steam turbines...
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« Reply #23 on: Apr 04, 2018, 12:15 AM »
Thanks very much, Peter ! Great photos and description !  :)
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« Reply #24 on: Apr 04, 2018, 11:56 AM »
Unfortunately ....well perhaps fortunately, ...the conference was POSTPONED due to the very bad weather conditions last Friday. A new date is yet to be announced. The V&A will honour all previously booked tickets for last Friday 02 March 2018 or offer to refund the cost of the ticket

Hopefully I shall be able to reschedule once the new date is announc
New date announced as being Friday April 27th ... fortunately I shall be able to attend ....looking forward to it

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« Reply #25 on: Apr 04, 2018, 11:59 AM »
I decided it would be unfair to make you lot wait a few days for it... here it is...

It's not just the ship that moves.  The waves move, the exhaust moves, the size of the ship changes according to distance... it's so real that you just have to go and see it for yourselves.
The whole exhibition was just fantastic but the sail past by the QE2 (and other Liners) was very imaginative ...loved it !

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 04, 2018, 02:02 PM »
New date announced as being Friday April 27th ... fortunately I shall be able to attend ....looking forward to it

Hi Robbo and Peter,
Thank you and Peter for the info - just to mention that  the Conference on April 27th is specifically for "BSL users only..." ( British Sign Language). 
Could be very helpful to people who couldn't hear the sound effects etc.
https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/eXRbVLXy/bsl-talk-ocean-liners-bsl-users-only-april-2018
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« Reply #27 on: Apr 04, 2018, 06:52 PM »
Hi Robbo and Peter,
Thank you and Peter for the info - just to mention that  the Conference on April 27th is specifically for "BSL users only..." ( British Sign Language). 
Could be very helpful to people who couldn't hear the sound effects etc.
https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/eXRbVLXy/bsl-talk-ocean-liners-bsl-users-only-april-2018
Rosie.
Rosie ...the "talk" that you have linked above for BSL users only is different from the day conference originally scheduled for 02 March but postponed due to the snow.
Your link refers to an hours talk in the evening which is free admission
The day Conference also on Friday 27 April starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm and costs £30 for admission

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« Reply #28 on: Apr 04, 2018, 07:44 PM »
Thank you, Robbo

The programme does look interesting!
https://vanda-production-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/2018/03/14/12/51/38/0fad93c0-640b-4aff-8bef-e9995d8aa97a/Ocean Liners - Web Programme.pdf

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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #30 on: Oct 01, 2018, 06:32 PM »
Well I had a very nice surprise for my birthday - tickets to the V&A Dundee to see this exhibit!

Wow.  That's all I can say, wow.  For about 2 hours, I was immersed in a lovely world of high quality luxurious design from various countries over the past 100 or so years.  It was all fabulous - and right up my alley.  QE2 played a part, yes, but all the other stuff too, was all the stuff that interests me about the liners.  My favourite ships - QE, QM, QE2 and Normandie all had bit parts to play, SS United States had a big input too.

The whole thing was so cleverly put together - and having bought the book - when you flick through it -you realise there's actually a huge number of exhibits put together, it just doesn't feel like it.

I would recommend the exhibition highly.

As for the much lauded V&A Dundee building itself?  I am not a fan.  A huge amount of space is given over to 2 cafes, a shop and, well, nothing really.  It instantly reminded me of the Riverside museum in Glasgow - another frustrating building which looks good - but appears completely unfit for purpose (and ended up with a huge number of exhibits now in permanent storage).

I'd also like to know if European money was used for V&A Dundee - if it does, they're not mentioning it.
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« Reply #31 on: Oct 01, 2018, 07:24 PM »
Sounds great Rob, we saw the exhibition in London, loved it too!

V&A London is well established, fit for purpose and filled to the gunwales with all kinds of stuff...not sure who paid for it, but it's free now...

...unless it's a temporary exhibition...

To my mind ocean liners, like classic cars, are snap shots of the contemporary design from their era and origin...subsequently frozen in time...interesting.

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« Reply #32 on: Oct 01, 2018, 08:29 PM »
I am visiting Dundee this weekend and have booked for the Ocean Liners Exhibition, which I am looking forward to seeing.   
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« Reply #33 on: Oct 01, 2018, 09:49 PM »
I am visiting Dundee this weekend and have booked for the Ocean Liners Exhibition, which I am looking forward to seeing.
You will not be disappointed.

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« Reply #34 on: Oct 02, 2018, 02:27 AM »
I'm so jelly! I wish this exhibition would come stateside!!! (....starts looking at flights to Scotland....)

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« Reply #35 on: Oct 09, 2018, 11:17 AM »
I visited the V&A Dundee at the weekend to see the Ocean Liners, Speed and Style exhibition, which I enjoyed.  There is a good range of exhibits that tell the story of the ocean liner. I was particular impressed with the display of promotion posters.  I also liked the "Les Sports" wall panel from the Normandy.  Life style exhibits showed the chairs that would have been on deck and the swimming costumes that would have been worn.  There was a film showing a fashion show circa 1930's and gowns that would have been worn by the wealthy ladies, not forgetting a magnificent Cartier Tiara. 

It was good to see that recognition was given to Scottish (primarily Clyde) shipyards that had built a fifth of the World's ships in the 20th century and John Brown's Clydebank was named as the most famous of these shipyards. A model of the Queen Elizabeth was on display as well as the plating model of the ship's hull.   

The patterns used to cast the outer casing for one of the high pressure steam turbines on the QE2 was on display and given quite a prominent position. 

I appreciated seeing the "Shipbuilding on the Clyde Riveters" by Stanley Spencer, but was not sure if this was a print as I believe the original is in the Imperial War Museum. But either way it was fitting to display this image. 

The V&A Museum I was not over enamoured, but I would not like to make judgement based on only a couple of visits, especially as the venue was particularly busy.

The main thing I did not like was that when entering the building and climbing the stairs, I expected to turn around and see magnificent views up the River Tay, but you only see the views if you are booked into the restaurant, which does have glass windows and a good view.  There is a terrace, which was shut off to the public at the weekend and there are a couple of window view points, but apart from that you are looking at wooden slats.  The intention is that the building will be a community resource and if this aspect is successful that is a positive.  When we visited on the Friday a young woman was playing the guitar and singing, which I think links in with the community theme.  I enjoyed sitting and listening to the music and the acoustics of the building were good for entertainers.  Looking forward to hearing what other V&A exhibitions will be brought to Dundee. 

In addition to the V&A the Discovery exhibition and tour of the ship is worth a visit.

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« Reply #36 on: Oct 09, 2018, 12:09 PM »
Here are a few pictures taken at the exhibition:
Posters and Cunard sign ...
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Queen Elizabeth Hull plating with shipbuilding on the Clyde Riveters mural in the background plus QE2 turbine casing ....



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« Reply #38 on: Oct 09, 2018, 12:13 PM »
Lifestyle - around the swimming pool and fashions .......
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 09, 2018, 01:01 PM »
Great photos Lynda,

We are due to pay the Dundee a visit in three weeks time and the exhibition is on the list.

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« Reply #40 on: Oct 09, 2018, 02:19 PM »
Here are a few pictures taken at the exhibition:
Posters and Cunard sign ...

A certain one of our members, can tell us the story of that Cunard sign, and why is there, and how it came to be there!

Great pics, I'm desperate to go back, I found the whole thing captivating, as if my favourite liner books had come to life.
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« Reply #41 on: Oct 09, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Surely the highlight has to be the "deck experience" area...?  Or more specifically the view from it...?  ;)
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« Reply #42 on: Oct 10, 2018, 07:07 AM »
Surely the highlight has to be the "deck experience" area...?  Or more specifically the view from it...?  ;)

The way they'd put that entire area together, took you on holiday. The lighting, the sounds, the vintage deck chairs (historic of course), the flags wall art from the SS United States next to the pool with the divers and swimmers (in vintage costumes).  I spent ages in this area and had to go around again to avoid missing things like the tiara and Dietrich dress.  And that Lusitania tiara, wow.
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A certain one of our members, can tell us the story of that Cunard sign, and why is there, and how it came to be there!   
Didnt Jonathan at the on line store Pursers Locker have it for sale at one stage ? and loan it to the V&A in London, along with various other "bits"
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« Reply #44 on: Oct 13, 2018, 11:49 AM »
Seen in the attached photo, QE2 starts to appear across the wonderful ocean wall, on the left in the other room is the lovely glass artwork from SS United States (isn't it?) which with the lighting they'd given it from below, looked spectacular.  The bathing costumes are rare and original, and the SS United States flag artwork from her indoor pool, placed in an entirely suitable spot.

The photo doesn't do it justice, you need the sound effects too.  The very slow speed of the liners crossing the screen added to the effect - QE2 only passed approximately every 10 minutes or so!
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« Reply #45 on: Oct 13, 2018, 11:51 AM »
Titanic was also in evidence in a number of areas, which was of interest.

The piece of wood that had been found floating after the disaster was poignant, and the way it was lit to look like it was floating on the surface of the dark ocean was clever, as too was the way they showed you where it had come from in the interior.
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« Reply #46 on: Oct 13, 2018, 12:41 PM »
This was one thing I thought was very clever.

I think there's only black and white photos of the epic Aquitania, but here we have an original artwork design for the carpet in Aquitania's first class lounge, together with the black and white photo.  With your imagination, you can think of what it was like to walk on this stunning carpet, in that amazing room, 100 years ago.
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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #47 on: Oct 13, 2018, 01:11 PM »
The piece of wood that had been found floating after the disaster was poignant, and the way it was lit to look like it was floating on the surface of the dark ocean was clever, as too was the way they showed you where it had come from in the interior.

You must mean this piece?

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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #48 on: Oct 13, 2018, 01:13 PM »
Seen in the attached photo, QE2 starts to appear across the wonderful ocean wall.

Which is the three stacker that alternates with QE2?

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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #49 on: Oct 13, 2018, 02:20 PM »
Which is the three stacker that alternates with QE2?

The fabulous Normandie, the contents of which kept me enthralled throughout the exhibition!
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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #50 on: Oct 13, 2018, 07:26 PM »
Ah... I knew it was familiar; just couldn't quite place all the details on it...
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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #51 on: Feb 15, 2019, 10:37 AM »
I was really happy to have been invited to the V&A Dundee Postcode Lottery Event to celebrate the end of the Speed and Style Exhibition.  The organisers had specifically invited people with a connection to building QE2, my Dad working in John Brown's shipyard being my connection. 

This was my third visit to the V&A Dundee and second visit to the Ocean Liners exhibition. Sparkling wine and canapés were served prior to a speech by Fiona Phillips, TV Presenter and a representative from V&A Dundee thanking the Post Code Lottery organisation for funding the exhibition. This was followed by Brian Whittingham reading a few of his poems from his book Bunnets and Bowlers.

We then had the opportunity to view the exhibition in groups of 20, accompanied by a guide.  However our guide soon lost her group,  as people gravitated to areas they particularly wanted to see. 

I had visited the exhibition in October and was keen to look at some of the exhibits that had impressed me during that visit, especially the room that housed some nice Art Deco and 1950's style exhibits . It was fantastic to see again, the Les Sports panel that had been rescued from the Normandy.

I particularly enjoyed taking time to look at the video of the original QE2 interior especially the Double up Double Down Room and to see an original Robert  Heritage chair from the Britannia Restaurant.  It was also good to see again the on deck and evening dress section. 

There are so many exhibits at the exhibition but there was not enough time to view in detail, in the time that was allocated.  For anyone who had not visited the exhibition before they would only be getting a quick overview, but better to get a quick overview than not to see the exhibition at all.

I was glad that I had purchased the book as when the exhibition closes on 24 February the exhibits will be returned to the donors and the only record will be in our memories and the descriptions in the book.

It was a different experience being at the V&A Dundee in the evening when the cafe and bookshop area was empty (see picture) and it was good to have the opportunity to speak to people at the event, who had a link to building the QE2. All in all an enjoyable experience  and as I like Dundee I would be happy to visit the V&A again for future exhibitions. 


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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #52 on: Feb 15, 2019, 03:31 PM »
Thank you very much, Lynda, for your commentary and photo about the Ocean Liner evening.  It sounds like it was a wonderful evening !   :)
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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #53 on: Sep 16, 2023, 02:22 PM »
To follow up from Lynda's post from February 2019, here's the video of that event - featuring Lynda & Tom themselves !

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