Thursday, 29 December 2011

RMS Titanic Passenger lists posted outside White Star Line Offices


RMS Titanic: 2015/16 Special Lecture
& Theatre Presentations Series

After an intensive period of new research, Julian Bray and Morag Irving have updated their acclaimed series of lectures and educational presentational packages on five very different aspects or strands of the RMS Titanic story. All the key lectures from the previous series were rolled out as a curtain raiser during the 100th Anniversary Year and as a consequence presented to large diverse audiences on major cruise ships and in European theatres. Several thousand feedback responses have been collated majority rated upper quartile ie excellent. The quality of questions at each live presentation were of a high standard, some challenging but all were fully answered and in great technical detail!

The 2015/16 lectures and or presentations are presented as podium lectures with advanced Powerpoint and audio reinforcement by experienced international celebrity broadcaster and Equity member Julian Bray, he is assisted by Morag Irving, research historian, who optionally joins for the live and totally unscripted question and answer sessions. Depending on the location,  the stage or theatrical presentation lends itself to a variety of presentational formats.

Simply in Europe there is currently no other presentational series of illustrated talks on RMS Titanic (and we include recent TV and Film series) with this depth of knowledge, theatrical presentation, production values, and informed content on the whole event.

During the Q&A's a further fascinating photographic carousel of little seen RMS Titanic images are optionally shown. For stage productions, the core production value can be escalated accordingly.

 Research Historian Morag Irving has been drawn to the whole RMS Titanic story since the early 1970's and has built up one of Europes' leading libraries and data on the whole tragedy and how it still impacts on travel and shipping today.
Due to the copiously recorded and highly detailed UK and USA Official Inquiries and the vast Father Browne photographic library (the good Father took all his glass negative pictures and then safely left the ship at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland (the ship was to perish two days later) this brief moment in time has uniquely been minutely and dramatically recorded and reconstructed.
The presenters also have access to the RMS Titanic tender 'Normandy'  now carefully refurbished and resident in Belfasts Titanic Quarter, having been recovered from France on a pontoon and returned to its birthplace in Northern Ireland.

Questions are gathered using a roving mic and others pre-submitted,some by i-phone, and all answers and reactions are LIVE and TOTALLY unscripted.

Clearly 2012, beiung the 100th Anniversary Year was a very special period, some 100 years following the sinking, and the level of productions completed delightfully exceeded our expectations.

The ITV 'Titanic' television fictional mini series, although the pre-publicity package for the series is fictional and in places not histrically correct, has also  raised the profile of the RMS Titanic story and generated many Radio and TV strands worldwide.

We have already taken up with the producers the many historical and factual points needing revision, additional word of mouth publicity for the factual RMS Titanic Talks Series presented by Celebrity Broadcaster and Writer Julian Bray is enhanced.

Each RMS Titanic lecture presentation is highly flexible from 20 to 40 minutes duration and can either be stand-alone or delivered as a series, we then offer an open house LIVE Q&A session. Nothing is off limits...

These lectures are designed to be driven by the different expectations individual audiences display. The right level of interaction and technical mass verses theatrical content is varied accordingly.

All lectures are fully supported with layered, animated digital slides. For full theatre presentations, we  can present 2 of the lectures (2 x45 mins.) with an audience interactive Q&A at the end of each half.

For Club and Organisations we suggest a 30 - 40 minute lecture with ample time for a Question & Answer live session.


#1 RMS Titanic Films, Myth and Mystery
How the RMS Titanic Story is portrayed in films, on radio and in the press. We look at the storytellers and scriptwriters down the decades; their contribution to the RMS Titanic story and the myths they created along the way...

#2 A Superliner is born: The RMS Titanic Story.
Generations of Irish shipbuilding families put their craft skills into building RMS Titanic not realising that others had deliberately cut corners, specified sub-standard materials and unproven systems cynically creating a disaster in waiting.

#3 RMS Titanic and her Ugly Sisters.
Why build one when you can build three? From the RMS Titanic blueprint, two further near identical ships were built, all had the same design flaws and a cut down, money saving cheaper materials specification. Why did the White Star Line board feel the risks were worth taking or did some directors rebel?

#4 RMS Titanic Passengers: First Class or Steerage? Kidnappers & Murderers to Dukes & Bankers.
We look at several untold fascinating ‘Upstairs & Downstairs’ stories culled from the RMS Titanic passenger manifest, featuring images from the Queenstown (Cobh) Ireland Titanic Museum.

#5 RMS Titanic: The unsinkable Molly Brown,
so why did she sink?
We delve into recently released material to discover the shocking truth behind the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the lack of safety systems, unworkable lifeboat boarding and drills, loading of volatile firedamp bunker coal, faulty rivets and the use of condemned pig iron.

We also have a unique RMS Titanic presentation on Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland, orginally prepared and presented during the maiden voyage of the Independence of the Seas retracing the leg from Southampton to Cobh. Elements of the lectures can also be used as an After Dinner Speech or Club presentation.

Call UK  +44 (0)1733 345581 for details
e-mail:  or just Google "Julian Bray Aviation Expert"
Broadcasters direct ISDN link +44 (0)1733 345020 All Codecs
BBC ref: 10476435

Sinking beneath the waves.....


Prominade Deck showing lifeboats

Main Staircase

Captain & Crew

Officers Saved?

On the stairway...