BPNA 2020 Social Events
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS
Wednesday 29 January 2020, from 18.30 - 20.00
(Please enter at the front of the building)
In 1888, Queen Victoria granted Belfast the status of the city and it was agreed that a grand and magnificent building was required to reflect this. City Hall's doors opened in 1906. It was designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas in the Baroque Revival style and constructed in Portland stone. The incredible building cost of £369,000 to complete, the equivalent to around £128 million today. The building remains an extraordinary beacon of success and civic pride today.
City Hall has many connections with the famous ocean liner Titanic. Viscount William Pirrie, who was Lord Mayor in 1896-1897 just before City Hall's construction, was also the managing director of Harland and Wolff Shipyard. He is the man credited as having the idea for both ambitious builds. He used many of his skilled workmen in the fit-out of City Hall which is why the interiors today are considered an incredible insight into the finish of Titanic's lounges and suites, the ship's carving panelling being very similar.
Dinner is not included on Wednesday evening, so you are free to explore the many wonderful and varied restaurants in Belfast. Booking is strongly advised.
Annual Conference Dinner
Thursday 30 January 2020 - 19.00 for 19.30
Titanic Belfast, Queens Road, Belfast, BT3 9DP.
There will be a drinks reception from 19.00 in the museum foyer before being seated for dinner at 19.30
Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is in the heart of the city, besides the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, which is the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1911.
Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from the conception of the Titanic in the early 1900s, through the construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
The evening will begin with a drink's reception in the museum's ground floor entrance foyer, followed by dinner in the iconic Titanic Suite. Inspired by RMS Titanic's opulent interiors, it features a replica of the liner's Grand Staircase - the perfect backdrop for photographs and speeches. Views overlook the very slipway where the Titanic was built and launched.
Following dinner and speeches, there will be an opportunity to enjoy music and dancing to a local band.