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.

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"Good Morning" - daily passenger information newsletter for CHUSAN (1950), Saturday 12 November 1960 #throwbackthursday
12/11/2020

"Good Morning" - daily passenger information newsletter for CHUSAN (1950), Saturday 12 November 1960 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1932: Postcard from CARTHAGE (original painting by Charles Edward Dixon) sent on 10th November 1932 with messag...
10/11/2020

Today in 1932: Postcard from CARTHAGE (original painting by Charles Edward Dixon) sent on 10th November 1932 with message: 'Dear Tom, We stop at Plymouth Thursday & arrive at Woolwich, King George V dock about 11am on Friday. Love Bob'. #TravelTuesday

#inremembrance  There are many ways in which we remember and honour lives lost in war and conflict.  At P&O Heritage we ...
08/11/2020

#inremembrance There are many ways in which we remember and honour lives lost in war and conflict. At P&O Heritage we strive to preserve the physical legacy of those who have served. It’s our act of remembrance. And one which we hope will ensure that “we will remember them” long into the future. #remembrancesunday
Read all about the intricate, skilful process of conserving this sailors woolwork from WW1
https://www.poheritage.com/features/po-180-stitched-memories

Enjoy your bonfire night celebrations this 5th November like Sam Whiskers and Adolphus here. Image taken from a set of P...
05/11/2020

Enjoy your bonfire night celebrations this 5th November like Sam Whiskers and Adolphus here. Image taken from a set of P&O children's menus from 1957 #guyfawkes #bonfirenight #5thNovember #ThrowbackThursday

Today in 1907: Postcard from SIMLA with message: 'I am now somewhere in the middle of the Channel - Charlie'. #TravelTue...
03/11/2020

Today in 1907: Postcard from SIMLA with message: 'I am now somewhere in the middle of the Channel - Charlie'. #TravelTuesday

Happy Halloween from Sam Whiskers and Adolphus #halloween #halloween2020 #trickortreat #pumpkin #applebobbing #1950s
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween from Sam Whiskers and Adolphus #halloween #halloween2020 #trickortreat #pumpkin #applebobbing #1950s

#OTD in 1967 - Two great dames of the sea - QUEEN MARY passes ORIANA on her last departure from Southampton.
31/10/2020

#OTD in 1967 - Two great dames of the sea - QUEEN MARY passes ORIANA on her last departure from Southampton.

Today in 1975: Loading an 85 ton gas turbine unit on board STATHALVIE at Antwerp bound for the Persian Gulf, on 29th Oct...
29/10/2020

Today in 1975: Loading an 85 ton gas turbine unit on board STATHALVIE at Antwerp bound for the Persian Gulf, on 29th October 1975 #ThrowbackThursday #cargo

Today in 1928: Postcard of Orient Line's ORONSAY sent to Sandroyd School in Cobham, Surrey on 27th October 1928 #TravelT...
27/10/2020

Today in 1928: Postcard of Orient Line's ORONSAY sent to Sandroyd School in Cobham, Surrey on 27th October 1928 #TravelTuesday

With changing clocks and falling leaves our thoughts turn inevitably to winter and colder climes.  Brrr.  But what bette...
26/10/2020

With changing clocks and falling leaves our thoughts turn inevitably to winter and colder climes. Brrr. But what better than to wrap up warm with a good book? Our pick of the season is “Of Penguins and Polar Bears”. This thoroughly researched and fascinating book, by Christopher Wright, charts the history of cruising in the Polar regions. And, with the aid of sections devoted to destinations and current cruise operators, it lets you plot your next adventure from the cosy comfort of your armchair!

P&O’s first ever cruise was to the arctic north in 1904, on the first-class cruising yacht VECTIS. Leaving London on 6th July, the 31-day itinerary took in no fewer than 16 Norwegian ports and included four days spent “exploring the fjords of Spitzbergen and the polar ice pack”.

As Christopher Wright’s book points out cruising in cold water is not without its perils. A list of “Known cruise ship incidents in polar waters” forms one of the appendices. It starts with the Orient Line’s CHIMBORAZO running aground off Spitzbergen and includes the stranding of AKADEMIK SHOKALSKIY in 2013, during which P&O’s Antarctic supply vessel AURORA AUSTRALIS was able to come to the aid of 52 passengers.

But for those curious enough to brave a cruise in cold waters, a winter wonderland awaits…

Find out more at: https://ofpenguinsandpolarbears.ca/

Today in 1929: Tea menu for 'third-saloon' passengers on board Orient Line's OSTERLEY on Sunday 20th October 1929 #Trave...
20/10/2020

Today in 1929: Tea menu for 'third-saloon' passengers on board Orient Line's OSTERLEY on Sunday 20th October 1929 #TravelTuesday

If you have been following us this #MaritimeUKWeek you’ll know we have been focusing on #MaritimeCareers.  This weekend ...
17/10/2020

If you have been following us this #MaritimeUKWeek you’ll know we have been focusing on #MaritimeCareers. This weekend it’s the turn of the Maritime Museums. Head over to our website www.poheritage.com for a digital visit and some career inspiration. www.poheritage.com/features/come-on-board.

#MaritimeCareers Join a ship’s company and see what you can do at Sea. #POMaritimelogistics Maritime matters.  @MUKcaree...
16/10/2020

#MaritimeCareers Join a ship’s company and see what you can do at Sea. #POMaritimelogistics Maritime matters. @MUKcareers and @mntbuk #MaritimeUKWeek

16/10/2020
Men of The Ships

#FilmFriday To round off our #MaritimeUKWeek, focusing on #MaritimeCareers, we’re taking a nostalgic look at recruitment and showing P&O’s 1958 promotional film entitled “Men of the Ships”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUbZEd8KEwE Times may have changed but maritime still makes a great career for men and women. www.pomaritime.com Find out more #MaritimeCareers @MUKcareers and @mntbuk #MaritimeUKWeek

#ThrowbackThursday P&O introduced a new design of uniform badges in October 1972 based on our famous flag colours. Rise ...
15/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday P&O introduced a new design of uniform badges in October 1972 based on our famous flag colours. Rise through the ranks with #POMaritimeLogistics #MaritimeCareers. Get started @MUKcareers and @mntbuk #MaritimeUKWeek

#ThrowbackThursday Out with the old, in with the new - a change of uniform for P&O’s Women Assistant Pursers in 1967 on ...
15/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday Out with the old, in with the new - a change of uniform for P&O’s Women Assistant Pursers in 1967 on board ORIANA. #maritimecareers @MUKcareers and @mntbuk #MaritimeUKWeek #womeninmaritime

#ThrowbackThursday P&O in 1866 - Our marine engineers might look a bit different these days, but they are still as essen...
15/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday P&O in 1866 - Our marine engineers might look a bit different these days, but they are still as essential! Maritime matters #maritimecareers @MUKcareers and @mntbuk #MaritimeUKWeek www.pomaritime.com

Today in 1905: Postcard depicting  GOLCONDA sent on 13th October 1905 with message: 'Suez Canal. This is my ship. We are...
13/10/2020

Today in 1905: Postcard depicting GOLCONDA sent on 13th October 1905 with message: 'Suez Canal. This is my ship. We are sweltering in the Canal but our quite well. Hope to hear from you soon. Best love & every good wish for your Italian trip.' #TravelTuesday

#OTD 45 years ago in 1975 - P&O’s first female cadets - Sarah Stuart, Sara Miller and Barbara Sampeys - joined the gener...
13/10/2020

#OTD 45 years ago in 1975 - P&O’s first female cadets - Sarah Stuart, Sara Miller and Barbara Sampeys - joined the general cargo liner TEKOA, bound for New Zealand. It was a historic moment for the company and these three pioneering women at the start of their #martimecareers. Find out more in our online exhibition and get inspired to come on board too @MUKcareers @MUKdiversity #MaritimeUKWeek @mntbuk

#MaritimeUKWeek We know maritime matters at #poheritage But did you know the maritime industry in the UK is bigger than ...
13/10/2020

#MaritimeUKWeek We know maritime matters at #poheritage But did you know the maritime industry in the UK is bigger than rail and aviation combined? Make your career matter, make it maritime. #MaritimeCareers. Register today for virtual careers fair on 14th October @MUKcareers

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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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Hello has anyone got any photos of deck seats from the 1950s Don't mean deck chairs but fixed seats like on prom deck etc ?
A small group dedicated to P&O/Cunard Captains,Deputy Captains and Crew past and present and their ships. facebook.com/groups/1931957673713262/
Orcades aground in the south channel of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne '1952
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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