The Titanic mural was the first partnership endeavor Shankill Area Social History (SASH) group participated in and was commissioned by Belfast City Council to mark the centenary of the Titanic. Artist Daniela Balmaverde worked closely with SASH who researched and developed ideas and concepts for the mural. The project was a partnership with a number of groups and individuals including Greater Shankill Alternatives, D.S.D, Impact Training, Titanic Foundation, Martin Lynch. We were particularly honored to have the great granddaughter of local man Bob Knight one of the Titanic’s guarantee group to unveil the mural.
Not only is this mural a beautiful piece of art in its own right, but it will also be an educational resource for those who will view it. Given its prime location on the Shankill Road (junction of Mountjoy Street) S.A.S.H hopes local people take time to really look over this art work. There is something for everyone in this Shankill Time Line and although this mural is based on the Titanic, it also tells of the last 100 years of the Shankill Road from 1912 to 2012.
The mural includes dozens of historical and local references. These include the names of all those from Belfast who lost their lives on Titanic, Lord Carson, Fernhill House, The Great War, Private Walter Ambrose Sterling RAF, the Shankill graveyard, the Mills & Foundry workers, street games, cultural scenes. Local Buildings, and landmarks such as Nelson Church, Shankill Library, West Belfast Orange Hall up to Impact Training & Stadium or Spectrum for the young. The Shankill Memorial Lamp is also there. This lets others know that we will always remember those who died throughout the years of the troubles. Shankill People or names of those from the Shankill threaded through it. Artist William Conor, Peace Activist Sadie Patterson, Rev Montgomery & many many more.
S.A.S.H and everyone else involved in this mural hope that those on the Shankill will enjoy looking at this and remembering all the key people and events of the last century that has shaped the Shankill and its people.