Sean Madden, of Fine Art Conservation inspects the violin played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley during Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage, during a photocall to the media in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.
The violin will go on display to the public at Titanic Belfast on Wednesday.
The instrument, which was discovered in an attic in Bridlington during 2006, and was earlier this year verified as that which second-class passenger Wallace Hartley played on Titanic’s fateful night of April 14th, 1912, when the ship’s eight strong band had been assembled to play as passengers were ushered into lifeboats, in an apparent attempt to help maintain calm.
Hartley, 24, lived in Dewsbury before taking up a position as band leader on the Titatic.
It had been assumed that the instrument had been lost at sea, but Hartley had been engaged to marry a Bridlington woman.