The Maritime Belfast Trust and our Board are committed to local engagement. Through our destination work, we’ve engaged with over 470,000 people from 364 community groups and schools, and supported and worked with 132 partner organisations and businesses. We’ve also built up a collection of hundreds of artefacts donated by former shipyard employees and the local community that is displayed in a free Out of Stores exhibition.
Maritime Belfast are also represented on East Belfast Partnership ensuring that links with the neighbouring community remain strong.
Prior to restoration, Maritime Belfast re-opened the Drawing Offices to the public and welcomed almost 50,000 people through the building, demonstrating our commitment to engagement, and we love the opportunity to hear the stories of former employees.
In the lead-up to the opening of Titanic Belfast, we engaged communities in Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage, working in partnership with organisations across Belfast, including Belfast City Council, W5 and Belfast Harbour Commission to deliver a twelve month city wide programme of pre-opening engagement. Events included Titanic tea parties, Titanic dances, Titanic Ambassadors and Titanic heritage plaques throughout North, West, East and South Belfast which resulted in the whole city embracing the project
You can read some case studies of our local engagement opposite.