Bid to bring Titanic artefacts to the UK
Museums consortium in bid to buy recovered items
A £15m campaign has been launched to bring more than 5,000 artefacts from the Titanic back to the UK.
Royal Museums Greenwich, National Museums Northern Ireland, Titanic Belfast and Titanic Foundation are backing the plan to buy objects recovered from the shipwreck of the Titanic from the US exhibitions company which owns them.
The collection includes a piece of the hull and sets of china from the ship which sank in April 1912. If successful, many of the artefacts would go on display at the Titanic Belfast exhibition centre.
The sale has been organised as Premier Exhibitions have filed for bankruptcy in the United States.
Conal Harvey, deputy chairman of Titanic Belfast, said: "We are campaigning to bring these artefacts home, where they will protected and preserved through public ownership and on display for the world to enjoy."
The artefacts were recovered from the seabed over the course of seven deep sea expeditions between 1987 and 2004.
National Geographic has already pledged $500,000 (£380,000) to the campaign.