Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

University offers Titanic course

Queen's University in Belfast will hold a special lecture series on the Titanic this autumn

Titanic enthusiasts are being offered the chance to learn more about the ill-fated liner on an academic course being run ahead of the centenary of its sinking.

Queen's University in Belfast is holding a special lecture series as part of its autumn open learning programme for part time students.

The Titanic Story: History and Legacy will be staged at the Ulster Folk and Transport museum on the outskirts of the city to coincide with its Titanica exhibition about the famous ship.

The centenary lecture course will focus on 1912 - a year of great historical significance for Belfast.

As well as the sinking of the city's most famous creation on its maiden voyage in April, the home rule crisis was also at its height.

The course is one of more than 200 offered as part of the new autumn open learning programme.

Dr Tess Maginess, senior teaching fellow and open learning co-ordinator at Queen's School of Education, said everything from massage to music, painting to public speaking, counselling to ceili dancing, and history to Hebrew was on offer.

"This autumn we have a new Centenary lecture series which looks at the major events of 1912," she said.

"This, of course, includes The Titanic Story: History and Legacy as well as Reassessing the Home Rule Crisis and Gunpowder and Bible.

"Our courses usually take place one day or evening every week and are ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a new hobby, learn more about a topic in which they have a particular interest, or advance their personal development. We have many courses running in centres across Northern Ireland."

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