Nerve Centre Partners With Tower Museum For Laurentic Centenary Exhibition

Nerve Centre Partners With Tower Museum For Laurentic Centenary Exhibition

A new exhibition marking one of the most significant moments in Derry~Londonderry’s maritime history, the sinking of the White Star liner SS Laurentic, has opened in the Tower Museum.

The exhibition, in partnership with the Nerve Centre’s Creative Centenaries project, charts the story of the ship and the tragic events, which unfolded locally on January 25, 1917.

The White Star liner struck two mines laid by a German U-boat at the mouth of Lough Swilly off the coast of Donegal.

More than 350 people died, many from exposure, as the vessel sank within an hour.

The Laurentic had been on its way to Nova Scotia carrying millions of pounds worth of gold ingots to pay for war munitions.

People in Counties Derry and Donegal came together to help the 121 survivors, who were brought to Derry’s Guildhall for a civic reception where each was presented with a ten-shilling note and packet of cigarettes.

The exhibition at the Tower Museum features many recovered artefacts including portholes, the ship's bell and the knocker from the captain’s cabin. Newly created animations from Nerve Centre animator John McCloskey also bring the sinking and salvage efforts to life like never before. The exhibition will run until June. 

A number of talks will also take place setting the context for the pieces on display. On March 2 diver Danny Keenan will offer an insight into the wrecks which scatter Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly. Finally on 6th April, Ronan McConnell will deliver a hands-on session allowing the public to see original objects from the Laurentic up close.

Complementing the exhibition will be a special education programme delivered in conjunction with the Nerve Centre. Schools are invited to participate in interactive iPad animation workshops. For information please contact Niall Kerr for more details: or phone 028 7126 0562.


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