We are delighted to announce that for one weekend only, our priceless artefact: Lord Pirrie’s Book will be on display at the Titanic Hotel (Belfast) in Drawing Office One, Lord Pirrie’s original office.

The book was gifted to Lord Pirrie by the employees of Harland & Wolff to mark the moment he became the 1st Viscount Pirrie in 1921. This is the second time this book will be on public display in the last decade and is considered a priceless artefact of great historical significance.

This special occasion makes up part of several events such as European Heritage Open Days, Maritime Belfast Trust’s new outdoor exhibition ‘Where Belfast Begins, Maritime Belfast Story’ as well as the 5th birthday of Titanic Hotel Belfast – once the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters and Drawing Offices.


Celebrating the thousands of ships built in Belfast, the many tradesmen and women, the Yardmen, the Dockers, and the innovation associated with 400 years of industry, this new free exhibition can be found on Queens Quay.

Informed by in-depth research and engagement with neighbourhood communities, the exhibition covers many stories – about how the river was tamed, and the land reclaimed; how trade and innovation made Belfast an industrial powerhouse to the world; stories from the city’s neighbourhoods, of their livelihoods and trades, of the shops that sold everything from a needle to an anchor.

European Heritage Open Days is an annual event celebrating local architecture, history and culture, which takes place across Europe on the second weekend in September. In Northern Ireland, European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is run by the Department for Communities with the support of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.