Experience what it would have been like on-board one the ‘great floating palaces’ and discover how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity.
From Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is the first exhibition to fully explore the design and cultural impact of ocean liners on an international scale, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board.
Our inaugural exhibition, and the first major V&A show exhibited in Scotland, will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels which revolutionised travel in the mid-19th century to the late 20th century. The exhibition will also explore Scotland’s important role in the design and development of ocean liners.
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style was organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.
Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and investment managers Baillie Gifford