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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« Reply #43 on: Oct 10, 2018, 08:12 PM »
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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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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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Re: V&A Exhibition: Ocean Liners Speed and Style
« 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 canap├ęs 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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