P&O Heritage Collection

P&O Heritage Collection P&O Heritage Collection exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections 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 1906: Postcard sent from Bergen, Norway on 4th June 1906, whilst cruising on P&O's VECTIS: 'This is written sta...
04/06/2019

Today in 1906: Postcard sent from Bergen, Norway on 4th June 1906, whilst cruising on P&O's VECTIS: 'This is written standing in the street at Bergen. We all are well and enjoying ourselves and sail again at 6 o'clock tonight. Love from Father and Mother'. #TravelTuesday

Today in 1913: Postcard from MALOJA dated 30th May 1913 (after a painting by Charles Edward Dixon) with message… 'Have...
30/05/2019

Today in 1913: Postcard from MALOJA dated 30th May 1913 (after a painting by Charles Edward Dixon) with message… 'Have started, am now off Margate. This is a fine boat, lovely cabins. Weather A.I. This will be taken off at Dover. No stops till we get to Gib.' #ThrowbackThursday

Today in 1914: Publicity Brochure for "A Cruise in May" to Dalmatia and Venice by P&O's EGYPT, leaving London 28th April...
28/05/2019

Today in 1914: Publicity Brochure for "A Cruise in May" to Dalmatia and Venice by P&O's EGYPT, leaving London 28th April and returning on 28th May 1914 #traveltuesday

A bright and sunny cover design for a brochure detailing shore excursions for STRATHMORE's cruise beginning 21st May 193...
21/05/2019

A bright and sunny cover design for a brochure detailing shore excursions for STRATHMORE's cruise beginning 21st May 1937. #traveltuesday

How ‘trade shows’ were done in 1891 – The P&O Pavilion at the Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, designed by archite...
16/05/2019

How ‘trade shows’ were done in 1891 – The P&O Pavilion at the Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, designed by architect Thomas Collcutt #mandhshow #exhibition #tradeshow #throwbackthursday

Today in 1891: A family photo with a difference - H.R.M. Queen Victoria visiting the P&O Pavilion at the Royal Naval Exh...
16/05/2019

Today in 1891: A family photo with a difference - H.R.M. Queen Victoria visiting the P&O Pavilion at the Royal Naval Exhibition, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, on 16th May 1891. The Queen is accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke of Clarence, Princess Victoria and Maud of Wales and Princess Beatrice. #throwbackthursday

Today in 1953: 2 shipping lines, 2 ships, 2 Anderson's. Both Orient Line's ORSOVA and P&O's ARCADIA were launched on 14t...
14/05/2019

Today in 1953: 2 shipping lines, 2 ships, 2 Anderson's. Both Orient Line's ORSOVA and P&O's ARCADIA were launched on 14th May 1953. ORSOVA at Vickers Armstrongs Ltd. by Lady Anderson (wife of Colin Anderson, Chairman of her managers Anderson Green & Co Ltd.) and ARCADIA at John Brown &. Co. (Clydebank) Ltd. by Mrs D. F. Anderson (wife of the Deputy Chairman of P&O, later Sir Donald Anderson). #traveltuesday

Today in 1957: The cast and theatre programme for the P&O Dramatic Society's performance of "Waiting For Gillian" by Ron...
09/05/2019

Today in 1957: The cast and theatre programme for the P&O Dramatic Society's performance of "Waiting For Gillian" by Ronald Millar, performed at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1957 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1938: Illustrated shore excursions brochure for passengers onboard STRATHMORE during the cruise beginning 7th M...
07/05/2019

Today in 1938: Illustrated shore excursions brochure for passengers onboard STRATHMORE during the cruise beginning 7th May 1938.#traveltuesday

Enjoy the May Day Bank Holiday like Sam whiskers and Adolphus here! #mayday #maybankholiday
06/05/2019

Enjoy the May Day Bank Holiday like Sam whiskers and Adolphus here! #mayday #maybankholiday

Today in 1915: Postcard from NZSCo.s HORORATA as a troopship during WW1 with message: 'Very sorry that I could not get i...
02/05/2019

Today in 1915: Postcard from NZSCo.s HORORATA as a troopship during WW1 with message: 'Very sorry that I could not get in to the warehouse to say good-bye to you all but we were only informed on the Thursday that we were leaving on the Monday & were kept so busy that we only got leave on Sat & Sun nights. This ship is terribly crowded & the life is terribly monotonous but there is the one consolation that it only lasts about a month. Good-bye for the present!' #throwbackthursday #WW1

Today in 1960: P&O postal schedule and embarkation notice for a cruise on board IBERIA leaving London on 30th April 1960...
30/04/2019

Today in 1960: P&O postal schedule and embarkation notice for a cruise on board IBERIA leaving London on 30th April 1960. #traveltuesday

Today in 1935: Marking ANZAC day with a service on board ORAMA on 25th April 1935. #ThrowbackThursday #ANZACDay #Remembe...
25/04/2019

Today in 1935: Marking ANZAC day with a service on board ORAMA on 25th April 1935. #ThrowbackThursday #ANZACDay #Remember

Today in 1959: Launching of MALOJA on 23rd April 1959 by Mrs H.J. Tucker wife of Mr H.J. Tucker, Chairman of the Charter...
23/04/2019

Today in 1959: Launching of MALOJA on 23rd April 1959 by Mrs H.J. Tucker wife of Mr H.J. Tucker, Chairman of the Charter Shipping Company. MALOJA was the first of the tankers on order for the Charter Shipping Company, a member of the P&O Group. She was built by Smith Dock Company Limited. #traveltuesday http://www.poheritage.com/Upload/Mimsy/Media/factsheet/93715MALOJA-1959pdf.pdf

Happy St. Georges Day to all our English friends and followers! Image taken from a set of menus marking National Days de...
23/04/2019

Happy St. Georges Day to all our English friends and followers!

Image taken from a set of menus marking National Days designed for the Orient Line by Robert Scanlan #StGeorgesDay

Happy Easter to all our friends and followers!Image taken from a set of Orient Line luncheon and dinner menus designed b...
21/04/2019

Happy Easter to all our friends and followers!

Image taken from a set of Orient Line luncheon and dinner menus designed by Edward Bawden, 1949

Today in 1907 - A Publicity Brochure for ‘A Pleasure Cruise to the Adriatic by P&O’s VECTIS’ leaving Marseilles 18...
18/04/2019

Today in 1907 - A Publicity Brochure for ‘A Pleasure Cruise to the Adriatic by P&O’s VECTIS’ leaving Marseilles 18th April 1907 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1864: 'The Arrival of Garibaldi at Southampton on board the Peninsular and Oriental Steamer RIPON', featured in...
16/04/2019

Today in 1864: 'The Arrival of Garibaldi at Southampton on board the Peninsular and Oriental Steamer RIPON', featured in The Illustrated London News, 16th April 1864. #TravelTuesday

Today in 1908: A Publicity Brochure for a 'Pleasure Cruise' on board P&O's VECTIS to Dalmatia and Venice, from 11th Apri...
11/04/2019

Today in 1908: A Publicity Brochure for a 'Pleasure Cruise' on board P&O's VECTIS to Dalmatia and Venice, from 11th April until 8th May #Throwbackthursday

Today in 1914: Postcard sent from B.I.'s WAIPARA with  message, 'Got out at the C.H. Immediately got train to end walked...
09/04/2019

Today in 1914: Postcard sent from B.I.'s WAIPARA with message, 'Got out at the C.H. Immediately got train to end walked 10 min all well. Love to all. Au revoir Bob. Please write to Aggie.' #traveltuesday

Today in 1935: The (then) Duke and Duchess of York arriving at the Vickers-Armstrong Barrow shipyard for the launch of S...
04/04/2019

Today in 1935: The (then) Duke and Duchess of York arriving at the Vickers-Armstrong Barrow shipyard for the launch of STRATHMORE by the Duchess of York on 4th April 1935. #throwbackthursday

Today in 1907: 'Second Saloon Luncheon' menu from ORTONA (1899) dated 2nd April 1907. #traveltuesday
02/04/2019

Today in 1907: 'Second Saloon Luncheon' menu from ORTONA (1899) dated 2nd April 1907. #traveltuesday

Look out for those April Fools! #aprilfoolsday
31/03/2019

Look out for those April Fools! #aprilfoolsday

Today in 1934: Another P&O Advert for P&O 'Pleasure Cruises' on VICEROY OF INDIA, in Punch or the London Charivari dated...
28/03/2019

Today in 1934: Another P&O Advert for P&O 'Pleasure Cruises' on VICEROY OF INDIA, in Punch or the London Charivari dated 28th March 1934. #throwbackthursday

Today in 1964: Embarkation Notice for passengers with surnames L-Z for a cruise on ARCADIA departing from London Thursda...
26/03/2019

Today in 1964: Embarkation Notice for passengers with surnames L-Z for a cruise on ARCADIA departing from London Thursday 26th March 1964. #traveltuesday

Today in 1934: A P&O Advert for "P&O Spring and Summer Cruises"  in Punch or the London Charivari from the 21st March 19...
21/03/2019

Today in 1934: A P&O Advert for "P&O Spring and Summer Cruises" in Punch or the London Charivari from the 21st March 1934 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1963: Postcard from B.I.'s DUNERA sent on 19th March 1963 with message reading, 'Dear Norah, we are having a wo...
19/03/2019

Today in 1963: Postcard from B.I.'s DUNERA sent on 19th March 1963 with message reading, 'Dear Norah, we are having a wonderful time & the weather has been lovely until today when it is rather cloudy. The sea is calm, so I have not really needed my little pills. We were delayed by the French rail strike, so we shall be a day late getting back. We got to Venice on Sunday & it was even more beautiful than I imagined. We left there at 2pm on Sunday & shall be landing at Itea [Greece] this evening. So far the Bursa has not been able to think of anything for me to do so it is a leisurely holiday... Love Pat'. #traveltuesday

Happy St Patrick's Day to all our Irish friends and followers! Image taken from a set of menus designed by Robert Scanla...
17/03/2019

Happy St Patrick's Day to all our Irish friends and followers! Image taken from a set of menus designed by Robert Scanlan for P&O-Orient Line #StPatricksDay

Today in 1960: Preparations for the launch of CANBERRA. Photograph taken just two days before CANBERRA's launch showing ...
14/03/2019

Today in 1960: Preparations for the launch of CANBERRA. Photograph taken just two days before CANBERRA's launch showing construction of the launching platform. #throwbackthursday

'You will be hearing from us soon' - There will be more to come from the women of P&O, past and present, later in the ye...
08/03/2019

'You will be hearing from us soon' - There will be more to come from the women of P&O, past and present, later in the year, onboard and online #internationalwomensday #dpworld4women #womeninmaritime

(Image: Telephonists Anne Garland and Margaret Kendrick at work on board CANBERRA (1961))

As we look forward to a bright future of changing stereotypes & many more woman at sea, we salute those who have helped ...
08/03/2019

As we look forward to a bright future of changing stereotypes & many more woman at sea, we salute those who have helped chart the course of female seafarers so far. #internationalwomensday #dpworld4women #womeninmaritime
(Image: Women Assistant Pursers sporting their new uniform as designed by Hardy Amies, on board ORIANA on 8th February 1967. (From left): Ann Tingay, Elizabeth Twine, Patricia Mitchell, Alida Couvee, Josephina Dirks & Jennifer Hill)

P&O Ferries are 'rising to the top' with women at the helm of both the business and onboard as P&O Chief Executive Janet...
08/03/2019

P&O Ferries are 'rising to the top' with women at the helm of both the business and onboard as P&O Chief Executive Janette Bell comments to the Kent Messenger in Nov 2018, "Shipping is still quite a male-orientated industry but we now have our second ever woman Captain...we have also just appointed our first two women apprentices after 176 applications." Read more online https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/are-we-going-to-have-another-christmas-worrying-about-something-out-of-E376our-control-193065/
(Image: Evelyn Anderson and Sherry Barton aloft the new illuminated P&O sign at the then North America headquarters in San Francisco, 1967)

We at @DPWorld are 'pulling together' and are actively engaged in empowering women in the traditionally male dominated f...
08/03/2019

We at @DPWorld are 'pulling together' and are actively engaged in empowering women in the traditionally male dominated fields of maritime & logistics #internationalwomensday #dpworld4women #womeninmaritime

(Image: Ladies' Tug-of-War on the sport deck of P&O's VICEROY OF INDIA c.1929)

This International Women's Day we are remembering the women of P&O's past and looking forward to a bright future with ma...
08/03/2019

This International Women's Day we are remembering the women of P&O's past and looking forward to a bright future with many more women on the waves #internationalwomensday #dpworld4women #womeninmaritime

(image: The Georama Globe for the P&O Head Office at 14-16 Cockspur Street, November 1956)

"The last day and the last volume", illustrating the trials of trying to read at sea! Taken from "P&O Sketches in Pen an...
07/03/2019

"The last day and the last volume", illustrating the trials of trying to read at sea! Taken from "P&O Sketches in Pen and Ink" by Harry Furniss, c.1897 #worldbookday

Today in 1962: Launch of B.I.'s HEBE at Victoria Shipyard, Leith on 7th March 1962. (Photos by Photo Illustrations Scotl...
07/03/2019

Today in 1962: Launch of B.I.'s HEBE at Victoria Shipyard, Leith on 7th March 1962. (Photos by Photo Illustrations Scotland) #throwbackthursday

Well you beat us to it Australian National Maritime Museum but here is the annual Sam, Whiskers and Adolphus pancake com...
05/03/2019

Well you beat us to it Australian National Maritime Museum but here is the annual Sam, Whiskers and Adolphus pancake competition post! Taken from a set of children's menu covers designed for P&O in 1957. Happy Pancake Day! #PancakeDay #shrovetuesday #childrensmenu

Spring sunshine in this P&O - Orient line poster, 'P&O - Orient Lines Sunshine Cruising, The one holiday that has everyt...
01/03/2019

Spring sunshine in this P&O - Orient line poster, 'P&O - Orient Lines Sunshine Cruising, The one holiday that has everything', featuring IBERIA and designed by Royston Cooper, c.1965.

We need You! We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable intern to join the P&O Heritage team. Full details and how t...
01/03/2019

We need You!
We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable intern to join the P&O Heritage team. Full details and how to apply can be found on the Museum Association website or message us with your contact details and we will send application details. Closing date for applications is 12pm on 6th March. https://www.museumsassociation.org/find-a-job/po-heritage-internship-london?RECNUM=15&SORT=esu_closingdate&caf_error=You%20need%20to%20log-in%20to%20view%20full%20details%20of%20jobs%20on%20this%20site.&caf_node=NODE1254225&http_status=403&http_message=Forbidde

Happy St. David's Day to all our Welsh friends and followers. Image taken from a set of menu designs for Orient Line by ...
01/03/2019

Happy St. David's Day to all our Welsh friends and followers.

Image taken from a set of menu designs for Orient Line by Lynton Lamb in 1938. #StDavidsDay

Beautifully colourful brochure from February 1938, advertising P&O Cruises to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Iceland, Nor...
28/02/2019

Beautifully colourful brochure from February 1938, advertising P&O Cruises to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Iceland, Norway and Baltic Cities, with artwork by Norman Wilkinson #throwbackthursday

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