A Virtual Exhibition: the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarter Building
Work has now started on the restoration and transformation of the former H&W Drawing Offices and HQ Building into a boutique hotel and heritage space, and it is now closed to the public. Before work began we walked through the building with a couple of photographers and recorded the heritage features, the interesting details and the decay that happens when a building is empty for more than 25 years. Harland & Wolff last used the HQ Building or Main Offices in 1989, and since then only the two Drawing Offices on the ground floor have been used – for pop-up dinners, walking tours, theatrical performances, antiques roadshows, and the odd movie or documentary.
We have selected just some of the many pictures into a virtual exhibition. Each picture has a caption detailing where in the building it is and the photographer. Many of the rooms changed names over the years, as the building adapted to meet the needs of the shipyard, with the various drawing offices often located on one floor one year and on another the next. There is more information on the history of the building in our Resources section, and we always love to hear people’s memories of working in or visiting the building.
The project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and you can read more about the project here.