P&O Heritage Collection

P&O Heritage Collection P&O Heritage Collection, exists to preserve and celebrate over 180 years of maritime history and the collection of one of the best known shipping companies in the world.

As our name suggests, P&O Heritage, exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections of P&O, one of the best known shipping companies in the world. Our website is our main port of call fro visitors and we have designed it to allow our collections - and the rich heritage of P&O - to be more accessible to the public, thereby continuing to keep alive the memory of the enormous contribution P&O has made to numerous people and countries around the world for over 175 years. Behind the scenes, the P&O Heritage Collection, which numbers over 30,000 items, is cared for by a small dedicated team of three: Curator, Digital Curator and Web editor and Conservator, based in European regional headquarters of DP World. Our vast and varied collections of archives and artefacts tell the story of P&O and the numerous shipping lines it acquired, including Orient Line, British India and many more. DP World acquired P&O in 2006 and today it takes great pride in its association with the venerable name of P&O. DP World is committed to the work of P&O Heritage and to preserving and protecting this unique collection for future generations.

Today in 1905: Publicity Brochure for 'A Whitsuntide Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords' by P&O's VECTIS leaving on the 9th ...
09/06/2020

Today in 1905: Publicity Brochure for 'A Whitsuntide Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords' by P&O's VECTIS leaving on the 9th June 1905 #TravelTuesday

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Welcome Aboard' - A promotional film by P&O-Orient Line from 1963 to introduce thei...
05/06/2020
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#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Welcome Aboard' - A promotional film by P&O-Orient Line from 1963 to introduce their ships and crew with an introduction from Commodore Edgecombe, then Captain of ORIANA. https://youtu.be/iUIBL2t7ufY #FilmFriday #poheritagepresents #1960s #Filmarchive

04/06/2020

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Welcome Aboard' - A promotional film by P&O-Orient Line to introduce the ships and crew in 1963, beginning with ORIANA and an introduction by Commodore Edgecombe, then Captain of ORIANA #FilmFriday #poheritagepresents #1960s #filmarchive

04/06/2020

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Welcome Aboard' - A promotional film by P&O-Orient Line to introduce the ships and crew in 1963, beginning with ORIANA and an introduction by Commodore Edgecombe, then Captain of ORIANA #FilmFriday #poheritagepresents #1960s #Filmarchive

Today in 1929: Crowds gathered celebrating on the quayside at Central Wharf Sydney, on the 4th June 1929. #ThrowbackThur...
04/06/2020

Today in 1929: Crowds gathered celebrating on the quayside at Central Wharf Sydney, on the 4th June 1929. #ThrowbackThursday

Today in 1924: Postcard sent from P&O's INDIA (or) PERISA on 2nd June 1924 with message: 'Having a most wonderful trip -...
02/06/2020

Today in 1924: Postcard sent from P&O's INDIA (or) PERISA on 2nd June 1924 with message: 'Having a most wonderful trip - enjoyed my visit here immensely - I hope you are able to call around and see dear old Ma. Will write again soon. Much love, yours sincerely, Nellie'. #TravelTuesday #1920s

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Make Sure Of The Sun' - Join passengers for a cruise on board ARCADIA, sailing to s...
29/05/2020

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Make Sure Of The Sun' - Join passengers for a cruise on board ARCADIA, sailing to see the sights of Lisbon, Madeira, Gibraltar, Malaga, Rome, Pompeii, Messina and Venice, in 1955. https://youtu.be/IfExxdJMnn4 #poheritagepresents #ARCADIA #1950s #filmarchive

28/05/2020

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Make Sure Of The Sun' - With this beautiful sunny weather, imagine joining passengers on a cruise on board ARCADIA, sailing to see the sights of Lisbon, Madeira, Gibraltar, Malaga, Rome, Pompeii, Messina and Venice, in 1955 #poheritagepresents #ARCADIA #1950s #filmarchive

Today in 1954: Admiring the P&O Locomotive with the well-known rising sun motif, at Fenchurch Street Station - Special t...
28/05/2020

Today in 1954: Admiring the P&O Locomotive with the well-known rising sun motif, at Fenchurch Street Station - Special train to transport retired P&O staff for a reunion lunch on 28th May 1954. #ThrowbackThursday #1950s #locomotive

Today in 1934: Brochure detailing shore excursions for passengers travelling on board P&O's STRATHNAVER on Cruise 'B', d...
26/05/2020

Today in 1934: Brochure detailing shore excursions for passengers travelling on board P&O's STRATHNAVER on Cruise 'B', dated 26th May 1934 #TravelTuesday

We hope you have a relaxing Bank Holiday Monday - 'Reading and relaxing in the "Dead Sea''' #Bankholiday
25/05/2020

We hope you have a relaxing Bank Holiday Monday - 'Reading and relaxing in the "Dead Sea''' #Bankholiday

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Wish You Were Here' - So as we head into the bank holiday, join passengers as they ...
22/05/2020

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Wish You Were Here' - So as we head into the bank holiday, join passengers as they set sail on a cruise to the Mediterranean on board P&O's ORIANA in 1973. With light-hearted commentary by Johnny Morris https://youtu.be/IMj6Nhm292w #poheritagepresents #ORIANA #1970s

21/05/2020

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Wish You Were Here' - As we head into the bank holiday, join passengers as they set off for a cruise to the Mediterranean on board P&O's ORIANA in 1973. #poheritagepresents #ORIANA #1970s

P&O Ferries' NORLAND (requisitioned by the Government for the Falklands conflict on 17th April 1982) with Royal Navy Fle...
21/05/2020

P&O Ferries' NORLAND (requisitioned by the Government for the Falklands conflict on 17th April 1982) with Royal Navy Fleet during the Falklands War. NORLAND arrived at San Carlos Water on 21st May 1982 to disembark 2 Para as part of Operation Sutton. #ThrowbackThursday #Falklands

Today in 1963: An illustrated dinner menu 'The Fancy Dress Dance', from the sports series designed by Dorritt Dekk for H...
19/05/2020

Today in 1963: An illustrated dinner menu 'The Fancy Dress Dance', from the sports series designed by Dorritt Dekk for HIMALAYA, dated Sunday 19th May 1963. #TravelTuesday #HiMALAYA #dorrittdekk #illustration #dinnermenu

On this #InternationalMuseumDay with this year’s theme of Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion we are pleased t...
18/05/2020
WOW - Women on the Waves Exhibition

On this #InternationalMuseumDay with this year’s theme of Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion we are pleased to bring you an updated version of our online Exhibition 'WOW - Women on the Waves'. This Exhibition charts the changing attitudes, opportunities and challenges for women working at sea over the years. It highlights some of the remarkable and pioneering P&O women who took to sea and hopes to encourage the next generation of women seafarers #IMD2020 #Museums4equality #diversity #inclusion #WOW https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/wow-women-on-the-waves

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Sound of the Sea' - Set sail with P&O-Orient Line's HIMALAYA and get a taste for sh...
15/05/2020

#FilmFriday This week we're showing 'Sound of the Sea' - Set sail with P&O-Orient Line's HIMALAYA and get a taste for ship-board life in the sunshine on this voyage to Australia in the early 1960s https://youtu.be/yZe-VF123YY #poheritagepresents #himalaya #1960s

14/05/2020
Sound Of The Sea

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Sound of the Sea' - A P&O-Orient Line film advertising line voyages from London to Australia in the early 1960s for the Australian market. So set sail with HIMALYA and get a taste for ship-board life in the sunshine on this voyage to Australia. #poheritagepresents #himalaya #1960s

Today in 1953: The launch of ARCADIA on the 14th May 1953, by Mrs D.F. Anderson (wife of the Deputy Chairman of P&O - la...
14/05/2020

Today in 1953: The launch of ARCADIA on the 14th May 1953, by Mrs D.F. Anderson (wife of the Deputy Chairman of P&O - later Sir Donald Anderson) at John Brown & Co. Shipyard, Clydebankhttp://www.poheritage.com/Upload/Mimsy/Media/factsheet/92672ARCADIA-1954pdf.pdf #Throwbackthursday

On this 200th Anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820, we remember her voyage on P&O's VECTIS ...
12/05/2020

On this 200th Anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820, we remember her voyage on P&O's VECTIS in October 1853 from Marseilles to Constantinople in October 1853 at the start of the Crimean War.

Later in the 1980s Rosemary Elsdon was named the “Nightingale of Canberra” for her work during the Falklands War. Find out more in our online Exhibition 'WOW - Women on the Waves' #travelTuesday #WOW http://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/wow-women-on-the-waves/care-and-conflict

This 75th Anniversary of VE Day we remember those who fought for our country during WW2. STRATHAIRD is seen here in the ...
08/05/2020

This 75th Anniversary of VE Day we remember those who fought for our country during WW2. STRATHAIRD is seen here in the early 1940s at Cape Town full of troops as she was requisitioned as a troop ship during the war. Discover more of P&O's part in WW2 in our online timeline http://www.poheritage.com/our-history/timeline#1940s #VEDay75 #WW2 #1940s

07/05/2020
'A P&O Cruise to the Mediterranean'

Film Friday - Don't forget to join us again at 1pm this Friday for another #FilmFriday. This week we'll be showing 'A P&O Cruise to the Mediterranean' - Experience life on board P&O's STRATHAIRD during a European cruise in the 1930s & see the 'freedoms' enjoyed before WW2 on this 75th anniversary of VE Day. #poheritagepresents #1930s #VEDay

Today in 1963: Some possible lockdown entertainment ideas here in this programme from a cruise (Tilbury to Sydney) on bo...
07/05/2020

Today in 1963: Some possible lockdown entertainment ideas here in this programme from a cruise (Tilbury to Sydney) on board HIMALAYA, leaving on 7th May 1963. (Programme cover design by Dorritt Dekk) #ThrowbackThursday #Entertainmentinspiration #1960s

Today in 1957: A colourful dinner menu, 'Red Burgundy' from the wine district series for ORSOVA, dated Sunday 5th May 19...
05/05/2020

Today in 1957: A colourful dinner menu, 'Red Burgundy' from the wine district series for ORSOVA, dated Sunday 5th May 1957. #TravelTuesday

#FilmFriday This week we will be showing 'A Career At Sea' - The tale of young cadet 'Jim' writing to his mother as he s...
01/05/2020
YouTube

#FilmFriday This week we will be showing 'A Career At Sea' - The tale of young cadet 'Jim' writing to his mother as he starts his career at sea on B.I.'s CHANTALA in 1956. - Another chance to brush up on those ship board skills. https://youtu.be/joOjrOMOz8Q #poheritagepresents #filmarchive #1950s

A virtual chance to see the beautiful 'Art Deco by the Sea' Exhibiiton at Sainsbury Centre Look out for our poster by Ha...
30/04/2020
Sainsbury Centre

A virtual chance to see the beautiful 'Art Deco by the Sea' Exhibiiton at Sainsbury Centre Look out for our poster by Harry Rodmell featuring GSNCO's ROYAL EAGLE (1932) #MuseumFromHome

🎥🌊 We're delighted to share with you our Art Deco by the Sea film on BBC Arts! This is part of their Culture in Quarantine initiative, to help bring history and art into your living rooms.

Escape to the seaside and have fun exploring key exhibition pieces, from posters and prints to fashion and furniture. We hope you enjoy it! #MuseumFromHome

30/04/2020
A Career At Sea

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'A Career At Sea' - The tale of young cadet, 'Jim', writing to his mother as he starts his career at sea on B.I.'s CHANTALA in 1956. #poheritagepresents #filmarchvie #1950s #MuseumFromHome

On this #Museumfromhome day as part of the BBC's 'Culture in Quarantine' campaign https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/enxcd4/li...
30/04/2020

On this #Museumfromhome day as part of the BBC's 'Culture in Quarantine' campaign https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/enxcd4/live/c954wh remember we always have our virtual museum open online with galleries, exhibitions, archives for research and even a museum shop so do come and visit! www.poheritage.com #cultureinquarantine

On this #WorldDanceDay some dancing styles from onboard ORCADES in the 1950s!
29/04/2020

On this #WorldDanceDay some dancing styles from onboard ORCADES in the 1950s!

Today in 1982: UGANDA as a hospital ship at Ascension Island on 28th April 1982, on her way south to join the task force...
28/04/2020

Today in 1982: UGANDA as a hospital ship at Ascension Island on 28th April 1982, on her way south to join the task force during the Falklands campaign and 8 days after Canberra's arrival #traveltuesday #falklands #1980s

24/04/2020
YouTube

'#FilmFriday This week we are showing 'Starting as Strangers' - The story of a cruise on board CANBERRA in 1970, through the eyes of a married couple and a young lady new to cruising. It shows the activities and places they experience and the relationships developed, with a classic 1970s style. (Other than the three central characters all are actual P&O passengers) #poheritagepresents https://youtu.be/egEPqvTuY3I

23/04/2020
Starting as Strangers

Don't forget to join us at 1pm this Friday (tomorrow) for another #FilmFriday. This week we will be showing 'Starting as Strangers' - The story of a cruise on board CANBERRA in 1970, through the eyes of a married couple and a young lady new to cruising including the activities and places they experience and the relationships developed. #poheritagepresents

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Visit the P&O Heritage website to browse our galleries, research your family history and look up ships in our archive and take a journey back in time with our P&O timeline http://www.poheritage.com/

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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As our name suggests, P&O Heritage, exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections of P&O, one of the best known shipping companies in the world. Our website is our main port of call for visitors and we have designed it to allow our collections - and the rich heritage of P&O - to be more accessible to the public, thereby continuing to keep alive the memory of the enormous contribution P&O has made to numerous people and countries around the world for over 180 years. Behind the scenes, the P&O Heritage Collection, which numbers over 30,000 items, is cared for by a small dedicated team of three: Curator, Digital Curator and Web editor and Conservator, based in the European regional headquarters of DP World. Our vast and varied collections of archives and artefacts tell the story of P&O and the numerous shipping lines it acquired, including Orient Line, British India and many more. DP World acquired P&O in 2006 and today it takes great pride in its association with the venerable name of P&O. DP World is committed to the work of P&O Heritage and to preserving and protecting this unique collection for future generations.

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my fathers wage slip !
A small group dedicated to P&O/Cunard Captains,Deputy Captains and Crew past and present and their ships. facebook.com/groups/193195763713262/
We found this the other day
A stunning table from the first class lounge of the Stratheden.
Just found these in an old box - Cadet, JAP and AP - ORSOVA late 1960's
I collect ships' badges and recently acquired this P & O Company badge. It's cast bronze or brass, measuring 225mm x 178mm. I don't have a scale, but I would guess it weighs about 3kg. The motto is given as "QUIS SEPARABIT". I have read on the web that the company motto was changed from "QUIS SEPARABIT" to "QUIS NOS SEPARABIT" in 1937 as part of the company centenary celebrations. So it would appear that this badge dates from before 1937. Any information would be welcomed. Thanks.
T.S.S. IBERIA 1st Class Cabin Plan