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Learning at Titanic Belfast Lessons from the past, Learning For the Future

Welcome… …to the start of a new academic year and Titanic Belfast’s 2016/17 Learning Programme which, we are delighted to announce, will again be supported by Survitec Group, our education partner! We hope you are well rested and ready for all this year has in store. After an exciting year where we welcomed our 100,000th education visitor we’ve spent our summer months reviewing and refreshing Titanic Belfast Learning’s existing programmes. We’ve also been creating a new learning experience for foundation stage pupils and we’re really excited about how it’s turned out - you can find out more about My Friend Bear on page 21. We’re already taking bookings for January, February and March; places are limited so make sure you book early. 2016/17 is Titanic Belfast’s Year of Access and throughout this brochure you will find details about

our varied learning opportunities and how we can support education visitors with varying needs and abilities. As you browse, make sure that you start with the At a Glance section on page 6. This will help you locate the tours and workshops that are most suitable for your students and that relate to the curriculum areas you want to target. You’ll also find details of our online resources and the free teacher recce visits we offer on page 36. Lastly, don’t forget to enter our competition on page 44 for a chance to win afternoon tea – we wish you luck and hope to see you soon!

Siobhán McCartney Learning & Outreach Manager


Titanic Belfast is a fully accessible world class visitor attraction which attracts visitors from all over the world, including education groups. Stimulating enquiry, encouraging independent and collaborative learning and awakening a genuine thirst for knowledge; Titanic Belfast is a unique learning resource for students of all ages. With nine interactive galleries and a range of curriculum based workshops, tours and seminars, Titanic Belfast communicates all aspects of RMS Titanic’s story through a stimulating range of unique learning opportunities for education visitors. To support and enhance your experience, Titanic Belfast has also developed a full programme of resources for use before, during and after your visit. Visit for more information.


What is Titanic Belfast?

4 How to book a visit 5 What does it cost? 6 At a glance Gallery Tours 8 What is a Gallery tour? 11 Self Guided Tours 13 Ship of Dreams 15 Brave New World 17 SS Nomadic Workshops 18 Why a Workshop? 21 My Friend Bear 23 My Granda’s Piece Tin 25 Get the Message 27 The Panel 29 New Beginnings 31 Exploring the Depths 33 Abandon Ship! 35 From White Star to 5 star 36 Recces 37 Added Extras 39 Stemquest 40 How to get here 41 Where to stay 42 Titanic Quarter 44 Competition 45 Survitec 46 Resources 47 Inspire 2017


How to Book a visit There a few easy steps to booking an education group visit to Titanic Belfast:

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Request a booking form from and then complete and return it as soon as possible.

Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team will contact you to discuss details of your visit and arrange payment. Once full payment is made, your booking will be complete and we will send you out guidelines and advice for making your visit as straightforward as possible.

Teachers can access our online resources to prepare their class before their visit.

Remember! - The more information we have the quicker we can process your request! Requests must be made at least 7 days in advance of visit, but for the best availability we recommend at least 8 weeks in advance to secure your preferred date and time.

Where possible, a pre-visit recce should be booked with the Learning Team.


What does it cost? Galleries Sep-Jun Mon-Fri


Jul & Aug Sat & Sun

All Day

Every Day

All Day

£6.50 per pupil aged 5- 17yrs

£6.50 per pupil aged 5- 16yrs

£6.50 per pupil aged 5- 16yrs

£9.75 per pupil aged 18+ yrs

£11 per pupil aged 17+ yrs

£11 per pupil aged 17+ yrs

For child groups under 18 yrs, one free teacher’s place will be provided for every 15 students (or portion thereof).

For child groups under 16 yrs, one free teacher’s place will be provided for every 15 students (or portion thereof).

For child groups under 16 yrs, one free teacher’s place will be provided for every 15 students (or portion thereof).

£13.50 per additional teacher and teachers with a group aged 18+.

£13.50 per additional teacher and teachers with a group aged 17+.

£13.50 per additional teacher and teachers with a group aged 17+.

Workshops Workshops are all priced individually and can be booked as stand alone activity or as a bundle with the Titanic Experience. For price options contact our Learning Team at Minimum teacher/pupil ratios are required. T&Cs apply.


At a glance Page



Self Guided Tours


Ship of Dreams


Brave New World


SS Nomadic


My Friend Bear


My Granda’s Piece Tin


Get the Message


The Panel


New Beginnings


Exploring the Depths


Abandon Ship! in partnership with


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Thinking Skills

The World Communication around us






What is a Gallery tour? The Titanic Experience includes nine interactive galleries, each focusing on a different part of the Titanic story. Factual information is brought to life through scale replicas, interactive multimedia displays and sensory experiences offering a diverse learning environment.

There is more than one way to enjoy Titanic Belfast’s galleries: • All year round education groups can visit on a self-guided tour where teachers guide their class and take advantage of the pre-visit information and materials provided. • Between October and March groups can upgrade to a guided tour, either Brave New World or Ship of Dreams. Both tours last 90 minutes and focus on a particular theme. A supplementary fee is charged for a guided tour. • Between October and April KS1 classes can also book a special guided tour as part of the My Granda’s Piece Tin workshop.


The Titanic Experience

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

Min. 90 minute Tour | 8+ years old | SEN | Available All Year

Self-guided Tours Titanic Belfast welcomes education visitors all year round for self-guided tours of The Titanic Experience. On arrival you will be supported by a welcome host, who will set the scene and give you advice before you enter. Gallery notes are available online which cover the activities and themes you’ll find in the exhibition, as well as how these link with curriculum targets in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The most important support we can offer you is the opportunity to visit us for a ‘Teacher Recce’. You’ll meet with the Learning Team for advice about planning your class trip over a cup of tea and you will be given a complimentary ticket so you can access the galleries, with a notebook and camera to plan your visit!


Gallery Tours

90 minute Tour | 8+ years old | SEN | Available October - March

Ship of Dreams Ship of Dreams is a 90 minute highlights tour especially designed for education visitors hosted by a live guide and using headsets to enrich your learning experience. Your trained guide will steer you through the galleries helping you and your students focus on the story of Titanic; from why she was designed, how she was built and her luxurious fit out, right up to the story of the wreck’s discovery. You’ll be guided to appropriate activities, hear

Key Highlights • Personal Titanic Belfast guide • Individual Headsets • Highlights Tour

stories about her passengers and crew and reflect on the tragedy of her loss.


Gallery Tours

90 minute Tour | 8-12 years old | SEN | Available November - March

Brave New World Brave New World is a special guided experience for students aged 8 to 12 years on the theme of emigration. Your trained guide will lead you and your

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students through the exhibition galleries with a series of thought provoking, structured activities and direct you to the most pertinent elements of the

• Personal Titanic Belfast guide

exhibition ensuring rich opportunities for learning, empathy and inspiration.

• Individual Headsets • Emigration focus

Lasting 90 minutes Brave New World will concentrate on Titanic’s links with emigration and the story of early C20th emigration from Europe, particularly Ireland.


Gallery Tours

90 minute Tour | 8+ | Available November - March

SS Nomadic Step on board Titanic’s little sister for an educational voyage that spans a century! SS Nomadic is not just a visitor attraction, it’s also an iconic and unique educational experience for students of all ages! 100 years ago she was a purpose built tender for the White Star Line’s Olympic Class Liners. Now she provides exciting and interactive activities which encourage independent and collaborative learning and will have you wanting to come back time and time again. During the months of October to March you can now upgrade to a guided tour with a member of SS Nomadic’s specialist crew, which is also suitable for SEN groups.

Key Highlights • Heritage Space • Knowledgeable staff • Last White Star Line Vessel in existence

SS Nomadic offers a unique learning environment where pupils can experience life onboard an authentic 1911 ship, dress up and even meet the ship’s captain.


Why a workshop? The Titanic Belfast Experience contains a wealth of information and learning opportunities. A learning workshop gives you and your students the chance to focus on one area of the story of RMS Titanic in detail, to go beneath the surface and get a deeper, richer learning experience. We offer a wide range of workshop topics that cater for all age groups, as well as workshops that are suitable for students who have learning disabilities. All Titanic Belfast Learning’s workshops are designed to meet curriculum targets and the rationales for each workshop can be found on our website




60 minute workshop | 4-6 years old | SEN | Available all Year

My Friend Bear Douglas Spedden was a real boy who travelled on RMS Titanic with his parents and his beloved polar bear toy. This story inspired our new workshop

Key Highlights

where our boy relies on ‘Bear’ to be his best friend who will offer company


as well as words of encouragement and wisdom. He tends to project his feelings onto Bear but between them they work out the right path to take.

• Develop thinking skills and personal capabilities

Spread over three sections of our galleries and including a juice and cookie

• Includes morning tea on board SS Nomadic

‘morning tea’, My Friend Bear is an experience where your pupils will enjoy story time, a chance to explore their emotional vocabulary, play games and encourage each other. Developed with PDMU guidelines, in mind this workshop will offer you the opportunity to cover a variety of cross curricular areas with your pupils in a fun and stimulating environment.



2 hour experience | 6-8 years old | SEN | Available October - April

My Granda’s Piece Tin My Granda’s Piece Tin is a special workshop and tailored gallery experience where pupils will explore the lives of the youngest workers in Harland

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and Wolff. Your pupils will enjoy the personal stories of the shipyards and

• Learn about Belfast’s Shipyards

compare their packed lunch with the contents of the apprentices’ ‘piece tins’ before taking off on their own apprenticeship journey.

• Tour and workshop combined

Dressed appropriately, they’ll make their way through the shipyard, up the

• Become shipyard apprentices

gantry and finally launch a ship into Belfast Lough.

Workshop also available as an intergenerational experience for community groups



60 minute workshop | 8-12 years old | SEN | Available all year

Get the Message Get the Message allows pupils to explore and experiment with different methods of communication, including those used on Titanic herself.

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Taking place onboard SS Nomadic, pupils will try their hand at signal flags,

• Takes place in SS Nomadic’s Engine Room

semaphore and morse code. Pupils who take our Get the Message workshop will leave with a richer understanding of one area of Titanic’s story. They will have the opportunity to consider the pros, cons and limitations of the maritime communication methods used in the past after experimenting with their delivery. Get the Message will encourage your pupils to put into correct perspective the modern communication methods they take for granted.

• Great for teamwork and communication • Develop thinking skills and personal capabilities



60 minute workshop | 11-18 years old | KS3+ | Available all year

The Panel Humans have always learned by examining their mistakes and using this knowledge to make changes for the better. Learning from our mistakes is

Key Highlights

part of what makes us human. The Panel gives pupils the opportunity to

• Read and review primary source material

examine the British and American inquiries that investigated the Titanic disaster and delve a little deeper into what happened on that fateful night. They will study and analyse pieces of primary source evidence before taking on the role of advisory panel members to make their recommendations for improvements in maritime safety standards and protocols. Will they recommend the same improvements as the initial inquiries? We’ll have to

• Communication Skills • Develop critical thinking skills

wait and see…

Workshop also available for EFL Students



60 minute workshop | 8-12 year olds | Available all year

New Beginnings The story of Titanic and her tender Nomadic are inextricably entwined with that of European emigration to America. As we try to imagine the emotions of the men, women and children who had made such a brave decision; to leave all they knew behind and risk everything in the hope of improving their futures, pupils are faced with the question; how would I have felt?New Beginnings offers students the opportunity, through a range of structured activities, to empathise with young European migrants of the early 20th Century. The workshop includes a personal and cultural identity craft, a suitcase packing activity as pupils make some tough decisions about what they would bring, and a reflection on the reasons for migration, then and now. New Beginnings is the perfect complement to our Brave New World guided experience but can equally be booked as a stand alone activity or with any gallery experience.

Key Highlights • On board SS Nomadic • Emigration focus • Take home craft creations

Workshop also available for community groups



60 minute workshop | 8-14 years old | KS2 & KS3 | Available October - March

Exploring the depths Exploring the Depths allows pupils to dive deep into the ocean to uncover hidden shipwrecks and discover the world of modern ocean exploration.

Key Highlights

Taking place in the final gallery, the Ocean Exploration Centre (OEC) provides


a unique interactive learning environment. Pupils discover the zones of the

• Learn about Ireland’s shores

ocean along with some of the specialised creatures that live there; get up close and personal with actual ocean exploration technology; fly through the underwater landscape off the north coast of Ireland using Titanic Belfast’s unique simulated environment to uncover shipwrecks; learn about a range of marine STEM careers; and investigate some marine samples using a high

• Explore marine science career options • Takes place in OEC

definition video microscope. Pupils will come away with a new appreciation and respect for our oceans and will be inspired by the future of ocean exploration and scientific research.



60 minute workshop | 8+ years old | KS2+ | Available all Year

Abandon Ship! An exercise in thinking outside the box, Abandon Ship uses actual liferafts supplied by Survitec Ltd. The workshop focuses on developing pupils’

Key Highlights

transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and decision-making

• Uses liferafts from Survitec Ltd

as well as promoting self-confidence, self-esteem, co-operation and collide with an iceberg, students must abandon ship into the liferafts. When

• Teamwork and Communication

‘onboard’, each pupil must consider, both individually and as a group, how

• Critical thinking

teamwork. Based around the scenario of being the crew of 3 yachts which

each of 15 items provided could be used in their situation. This workshop is available for KS2 and KS3 students with set curricular learning intentions and is also an excellent icebreaker for year 8 students!

Workshop also available for corporate teambuilding

In partnership with



60 minute Seminar | GCSE+ | Tourism, Heritage, Event Management and Marketing Available all Year

From WHite Star to 5 Star Titanic Belfast was Northern Ireland’s first ever five star tourist attraction and we strive to build on our position as a world-class venue. From White Star to

Key Highlights

5 Star is a seminar which gives your students the opportunity to find out

• Interview key senior member of our crew

about what it takes to be world-class and to consider the value that brings to a region. You’ll meet a key member of our crew as they answer your students’ questions about working in such an amazing place and about how they and their colleagues contribute to the success that is Titanic Belfast.

• Learn about working at Titanic Belfast • Northern Irish tourism

Please note From White Star to 5 Star must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance of date of visit and the students questions must be with us at least two weeks in advance in order to let our member of staff sufficiently prepare for your visit.


Recces Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team offers free ‘teacher recces’ for all teachers considering or planning a visit to Titanic Belfast. Come and visit the galleries in a whistle stop walkthrough with a member of the Learning Team and then enjoy a coffee with the chance to ask questions about your options. Titanic Belfast’s crew are passionate about ensuring maximum access to learning for all our guests - our staff are disability awareness trained and will work with you to plan for any specific needs your class might have. You’ll then return to the galleries with a complimentary ticket to take it all in at your own pace with your camera and notebook in hand.

Recces are available Monday-Fridays by arrangement but once a term we offer a Saturday recce for those travelling from further afield advance notice for Saturday recces is announced on our Facebook page Titanic Belfast Education, and Twitter feed Titanic Thinkers, so make sure to like and follow us! You can also receive notification through our monthly ezine which you can sign up for via email.

Please note that all recces must be booked in advance with our Learning Team. Contact to book your recce.


Added Extras Lunch Space

Slipway Walks

Titanic Belfast can provide a limited amount of covered lunch spaces for school groups but these must be booked in advance. Schools will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

If you find yourself with some spare time or want your group to get out into the fresh air before they get back on the bus, Titanic Belfast has developed a range of self-guided slipways maps for you and your pupils to enjoy.

Alternatively, the plaza surrounding Titanic Belfast and the Titanic Slipways can be used for students to take lunch however pupils will need to be supervised at all times.

These highlight the areas of interest around the Titanic Belfast building and the historic slipways, targeted at different key stage groups. They are downloadable from

Titanic Belfast’s onsite hospitality can provide a variety of refreshment options that can booked in advance while making your education booking.



StemOuest Titanic Belfast, in partnership with Survitec Group, is calling on all KS3 whizz kids to get involved with Titanic Belfast’s Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) quiz. Following on from the enormous success of our inaugural STEM Quest quiz in 2016 we are now on the hunt for Northern Ireland’s best team in 2017. Last year Brownlow Integrated College beat off stiff competition from 83 other teams, representing 48 schools, to be crowned STEM Quest 2016 champions. Do your pupils have what it takes to be ‘Best in Class’ this year?

STEM Quest is designed for Key Stage 3 students (1st – 3rd year) and will see pupils, in teams of four, test their knowledge against their peers from across the region, in a bid to become Northern Ireland’s top team. Heats will be held across Northern Ireland during January with the final taking place in the Titanic Suite at Titanic Belfast on 20th February 2017.

If you’re up for the challenge and ready to #getyourSTEMon email us at before 16th December 2016 and put ‘STEMQuest’ as the email subject line.


How to get here Titanic Belfast is in close proximity to ferry ports and Belfast City Airport, and is very accessible to all major routes. Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs to Belfast City Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. Titanic Belfast is also accessible by train from Central Station where visitors can depart at Titanic Quarter station and enjoy an easy 20 minute walk along the river to Titanic Belfast. We also offer free coach parking and refreshments for your driver for pre-booked groups!


Where to stay There is so much to do at Titanic Belfast and Titanic Quarter that it takes more than one day to fit everything in! With lots of great accommodation options for educations groups in Belfast you can stay overnight and enjoy more in your visit. Titanic Belfast has no residential partnerships but here are a few great options. For more options visit

Lorne Estate Lorne Estate is a residential and activity centre in Holywood, Co. Down. Set in 21 acres of woodland and open spaces, it provides accommodation and activity opportunities suitable for school groups and is the perfect base from which to visit Titanic Belfast. Awarded 4 stars in 2016 by NITB, it offers indoor accommodation for up to 90 people, and camping facilities during the summer season. A first class professional catering service is available or if you prefer you can stay on a self catered basis.

Premier Inn Titanic Quarter Just 5 minutes’ walk from Titanic Belfast, the Premier Inn’s 121 rooms range from singles to family rooms. There’s an on-site restaurant, with traditional cooked and continental breakfasts served daily.

Farset International

As holders of Adventuremark, Lorne Estate can provide a superb range of outdoor adventurous activities.

Located 15 minutes from Titanic Belfast, Farset International is ideally located for groups who also want to explore the city’s political and cultural history. It offers 38 en-suite twin rooms and visitors stay on a self-catering basis.


DISCOVER Titanic Ouarter Titanic Foundation, the charity set up to oversee the development of Titanic Belfast, is located at the heart of Titanic Quarter. Since opening Titanic Belfast in March 2012, Titanic Foundation continues to preserve Belfast’s Maritime and Industrial heritage within Titanic Quarter. This includes a number of key maritime and industrial heritage assets: the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarters Building, SS Nomadic, three Harland & Wolff Steam Cranes and, most recently, Mew Island Lighthouse Optic. The Foundation also has an interest in promoting and delivering Titanic Quarter as a maritime heritage destination and shared space for all of Belfast and Northern Ireland. This includes preserving the heritage of Titanic Quarter and programming activity and events in partnership with all the

attractions across the Quarter. We want to engage with local communities to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about Belfast’s maritime heritage; past, present and future. To find out about all the exciting learning opportunities that not only meet the curriculum in both NI and the ROI, but offer unique learning experiences through unforgettable encounters, download a copy of the factsheet for Titanic Quarter at

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Competition Win afternoon Tea for two! Put your marking aside and step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service and enjoy a Titanic Afternoon Tea for two at Titanic Belfast!

To enter the competition, all you need to do is:

Set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite featuring the stunning replica staircase and live jazz music, our Afternoon Tea experience is the perfect end to a long week of teaching!

Enjoy a fabulous menu featuring a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with Cornish clotted cream, mouth-watering cakes, exquisite éclairs and macaroons! No Afternoon Tea would be complete without the tea itself, choose from a selection of blends, including Titanic’s luxury loose leaf Thompson’s Tea, served in replica White Star Line crockery.


Email Subject Line Education Brochure Competition 2015/16

The name of your school, county and class level

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Developing a new generation of innovative thinkers The Survitec Group, one of the world’s top Safety Survival Technology companies, has joined forces with Titanic Belfast to enable educators and young explorers to go deeper into the fascinating oceans around us. The unique partnership sees the internationally renowned and Belfast-based company support and endorse a specialist education programme and workshop designed to encourage innovation and highlight knowledge of marine safety to young people. The Survitec Group has a strong heritage of innovative contributions to the maritime safety industry. As safety survival subject matter experts with more than 160 years’ expertise in the design and manufacture of life saving equipment, the Group’s

influence can be traced back to the early 19th century with the introduction of the first ever life-raft in 1932, the first life preserver in 1940 and the first mass evacuation system in 1979. Today Survitec remains the design authority on a number of products used in the modern maritime industry, supplying a solution for virtually any seafaring vessel, anywhere in the world today.



Resources Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team strives to support teachers and students with their RMS Titanic projects. Our website has free resources to help you prepare for your visit including a site Risk Assessment, Teacher planning notes and detailed gallery notes which will assist you in knowing where to focus your visit to meet all your curriculum targets. We also provide suggestions for pre-visit and follow up classroom activities with downloadable resources for you to use as well as downloadable activities for classroom and home use that can be used independent of a visit to Titanic Belfast.


Inspire 2017 Titanic Belfast’s annual Inspire conference is always one of the highlights of our year and Inspire 2017 is just around the corner. For a glimpse of just how transformative this event can be, take a moment to check out a video of Inspire 2016 on YouTube by searching for Inspire 2016 International Women’s Day at Titanic Belfast. Invitations for seven 5th or 6th form girls and one teacher will be sent out by email to all post primary schools and FE colleges in Northern Ireland in early January. Places are very limited and book up fast. To minimise your chances of missing out become a named teacher for your school or college’s invitation by emailing with the subject line Inspire 2017. We really hope to see you here for what will be a truly inspirational day.

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