LRF Heritage & Education Centre

LRF Heritage & Education Centre Enhancing public understanding in marine and engineering science and history. *Due to ongoing refubishment, the Centre is currently closed throughout 2020.

Twitter: @LR_InfoCentre Instagram: @LRFHEC The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre based in London is one of the finest library and archives of its kind, holding material concerning 255 years of marine and engineering science and history. Our aim is to enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally. Originally founded in 1852, today’s library collection incorporates the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collection at Lloyd’s Register as well as much of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Denny library collection. It is one of the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology, offering resources freely to those undertaking research. This diverse collection contains in excess of 54,000 items and is invaluable to maritime, business, engineering, social and family historians as well as other researchers, students and the general public. The reference library is open to the public for research Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. We do not open at weekends or during public holidays. The Heritage & Education Centre is also responsible for the art and artefact collection, research and presentations on the development of Lloyd’s Register, tours of 71 Fenchurch Street and some educational visits.

Mission: Key Objectives: -The advancement of public education including within the transportation industries and other related engineering and technological disciplines; -To run a Heritage & Education Centre to support public education, offering library, archive and research resources to the public; -To enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally.

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🚨New Podcast alert🚨As it’s Halloween this month we’ve decided to explore the more mysterious and chilling aspects of mar...
13/10/2020

🚨New Podcast alert🚨
As it’s Halloween this month we’ve decided to explore the more mysterious and chilling aspects of maritime history 👻 🔪This episode explores the triple murders aboard the Herbert Fuller in 1896. You can listen to this Agatha Christie-esque true story here 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/washed-ashore-podcast

#Maritime #History #Horror #Spooky

V is for the SS Volturno. Incidentally it was #OnThisDay in 1913 that the ocean liner caught fire and then was subsequen...
09/10/2020

V is for the SS Volturno. Incidentally it was #OnThisDay in 1913 that the ocean liner caught fire and then was subsequently scuttled in the Atlantic. Eleven ships, including the RMS Carmania, managed to rescue 521 out of 656 passengers.

The vessel was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding in Govan. On our website, we hold 716 documents for vessels built there, which you can explore here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/search/place-build:govan#search-sec

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History Explore Your Archive #OTD

Our archives sometimes show the poor working practices of surveyors. In this letter from 1916, a surveyor apologises for...
07/10/2020

Our archives sometimes show the poor working practices of surveyors. In this letter from 1916, a surveyor apologises for the delay in submitting a report for the Danish vessel Nordlyset; conceding that ‘we ought to have cleared off all arrears before entering upon our summer vacation.’ 😂☀️

#Maritime #History #ArchiveZ Explore Your Archive

Today is #JamesBondDay! No Bond movie would be complete without an outrageous superyacht. LR have classed many such vess...
05/10/2020

Today is #JamesBondDay! No Bond movie would be complete without an outrageous superyacht. LR have classed many such vessels throughout the years; one recent highlight being the first ever yacht with the ability to choose between diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric propulsion.

The 83 metres long Savannah was built in 2015 and has a gross tonnage of 2250. It can also accommodate a crew of 26, which is more than triple the entire HEC team.

Learn more about this vessel by clicking this link 👉 https://www.lr.org/en-gb/latest-news/feadship-launches-hybrid-superyacht/

#Bond #Yachts #Engineering James Bond 007

#OnThisDay in 1942 the cruiser HMS Curacoa was sunk after being accidently sliced in half by the ocean liner RMS Queen M...
02/10/2020

#OnThisDay in 1942 the cruiser HMS Curacoa was sunk after being accidently sliced in half by the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary. The liner, which was being escorted by the Curacoa, was moving in a zig-zag pattern to avoid U-boat attacks. 337 officers were lost in the incident which was kept secret until the war ended.

#Maritme #History #OTD

Here’s an interesting new find from our archive 📸 It’s a 1919 photograph showing men working on the large hull of the ve...
01/10/2020

Here’s an interesting new find from our archive 📸 It’s a 1919 photograph showing men working on the large hull of the vessel Moffitt. The ship was being constructed in Florida and was constructed with reinforced concrete.

#Maritime #History #Archive Explore Your Archive

LRF Heritage & Education Centre's cover photo
01/10/2020

LRF Heritage & Education Centre's cover photo

#ArchiveZ is now on to U and we’re beginning with Undaunted! This vessel name is rather dear to us as the earliest recor...
29/09/2020

#ArchiveZ is now on to U and we’re beginning with Undaunted! This vessel name is rather dear to us as the earliest record that we digitised is from 1834 for a Sunderland built vessel named Undaunted.

On our archive we hold records for 13 Undaunted ships, including this steel boiler plan for one built in Selby in 1898.

Explore all our Undaunted vessels here 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/search/ship-name:undaunted-29483#search-sec

#Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

T is for the trusty Tugboat. The earliest tug was the Charlotte Dundas built in 1801 by John Allan. It was also one of t...
25/09/2020

T is for the trusty Tugboat. The earliest tug was the Charlotte Dundas built in 1801 by John Allan. It was also one of the earliest steamboats ever constructed.

On our website we currently have around 500 documents pertaining to tugboats. One charming document is this letter from Elliott Steam Tug Co Ltd which includes a little photo of a tug in the letterhead.

Explore here 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/search/everywhere:tug-14885#search-sec

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

Today is #WorldMaritimeDay 🚢⛵🌊Over on our Twitter page, we've put together a thread looking back at the important milest...
24/09/2020

Today is #WorldMaritimeDay 🚢⛵🌊

Over on our Twitter page, we've put together a thread looking back at the important milestones from our Ship Plan & Survey Report Collection's digitisation project!

Check it out here 👉 https://twitter.com/LRFHEC/status/1309107828175630342

#Maritime #History #Archives Explore Your Archive

T is for Thermopylae ⛵Most people are familiar with the speedy clipper Cutty Sark but not its faster adversary Thermopyl...
23/09/2020

T is for Thermopylae ⛵

Most people are familiar with the speedy clipper Cutty Sark but not its faster adversary Thermopylae. She was built in 1868 and was designed by LR’s Principal Surveyor and later Secretary Bernard Waymouth. Thermopylae set a record for crossing between London and Melbourne in just 60 days, and still holds the world record for a round-trip run between London and the Far East from her maiden voyage.

On our website we hold 65 documents for this vessel, which you can explore here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/thermopylae-1868-pedro-nunez/search/everywhere:thermopylae-13026/page/1

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

#OTD in 1945 the Canadian steamship Prince George was lost after it caught fire whilst docked in Alaska. The LR surveyed...
22/09/2020

#OTD in 1945 the Canadian steamship Prince George was lost after it caught fire whilst docked in Alaska. The LR surveyed vessel was built in 1910 by Swan Hunter and mainly provided a passenger service along British Columbia’s coast.

We have currently digitised 72 documents for this vessel which shall be going on to our website soon. These include this 1910 memo from the Chief Ship Surveyor recommending that the vessel should be designated an A1 classification.

(Photograph B-07389 ©Royal BC Museum: http://ow.ly/jClf50BxH6W)

#Shipwreck #Maritime #History

Bore da! This morning we published the new online exhibition ‘Enhancing Welsh Shipwreck Records.’ It’s by Dr Meilyr Powe...
21/09/2020

Bore da! This morning we published the new online exhibition ‘Enhancing Welsh Shipwreck Records.’ It’s by Dr Meilyr Powel from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; and showcases his work using the Lloyd’s Register Casualty Returns and contemporary newspapers to bolster our collective knowledge of Welsh shipwreck records.

It features many fascinating case studies on Welsh wrecks, and is available to read here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/online-exhibitions-stories/enhancing-welsh-shipwreck-records#1

#Wales #Maritime #History

Today was certainly an eventful day in maritime history 🚢In 1906 the Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania was launched. She was ...
20/09/2020

Today was certainly an eventful day in maritime history 🚢

In 1906 the Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania was launched. She was the world’s largest ship until the RMS Olympic was constructed 4 years later.

Incidentally, the Olympic collided with HMS Hawke #OTD in 1911. The damage to both vessels is pictured below.

To top it off, another legendary liner, the QE2, was launched #OTD in 1967. The QE2 had a tonnage more than double that of the Mauretania launched 61 years earlier.

On our website we have over 300 documents for the Mauretania, which you can explore here
👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/mauretania-1907

We may not be open for this year’s #OpenHouse but you can still explore our Grade II* Listed offices. Last year we took ...
19/09/2020

We may not be open for this year’s #OpenHouse but you can still explore our Grade II* Listed offices.

Last year we took high definition scans of the Collcutt building to make a 3D version. You can explore everything from our marble lions guarding the old entrance, our beautiful stained glassed rose window, and the grand General Committee Room.

Explore here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/collcutt-building-virtual-tour

Visit London #OpenHouseLondon

S is for shipwrecks. And as luck would have it, this week we have published a new story about shipwrecks in our archives...
18/09/2020

S is for shipwrecks.

And as luck would have it, this week we have published a new story about shipwrecks in our archives.

Our archives hold wreck reports, registers of lost vessels since 1890 (https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/casualty-returns) and numerous dramatic photos of wrecked ships.

Have a read of our article on shipwrecks here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/online-exhibitions-stories/wrecks-from-the-archive#null

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

#OTD 400 years ago the #Mayflower set sail from Plymouth for North America. The 102 Pilgrims voyaged for 10 weeks aboard...
16/09/2020

#OTD 400 years ago the #Mayflower set sail from Plymouth for North America. The 102 Pilgrims voyaged for 10 weeks aboard a Dutch cargo fluyt, arriving at Cape Cod on 11 November 1620.

#History #Mayflower400

🎈 This month we reached another marvelous milestone…. we photographed our 1,000,000th item! 🤯🎈The digitization of our va...
14/09/2020

🎈 This month we reached another marvelous milestone…. we photographed our 1,000,000th item! 🤯🎈

The digitization of our vast Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection began with a trial run called Project Undaunted. This apt name was chosen because it was also the title of the first vessel LR surveyed after its reconstitution in 1834.

You can explore the documents for this historic 1833 barque here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/undaunted-1833/search/everywhere:undaunted-13649/sort-by/old-new/page/1

#ArchiveZ #MondayMotivation #History Explore Your Archive

🍾🎈This month we recorded 1000 downloads of our VR experience ‘Ship Surveyor Through the Ages.’ 🎈🍾Thanks to everyone who ...
13/09/2020

🍾🎈This month we recorded 1000 downloads of our VR experience ‘Ship Surveyor Through the Ages.’ 🎈🍾

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded this unique game: which transports you to both historic and contemporary vessels and asks you to find faults against the clock. For those that need more information, read this guide 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/ship-surveyor-through-the-ages

#Virtual #Reality #VR #Maritime #Games

Have you ever wondered why both #MUFC and #MCFC have boats in their badges despite being 36 miles from the sea? Or the o...
12/09/2020

Have you ever wondered why both #MUFC and #MCFC have boats in their badges despite being 36 miles from the sea?

Or the origins of the famous rivalry between #WHFC and #Millwall?

Well they are all examples of football teams that have their origins interwoven with Britain's shipping industry. As the perfect mood setter for the new premier league, check out our article on this fascinating topic 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/online-exhibitions-stories/yards-yellow-cards-and-shipyards#

Premier League #Football #Shipping #PL #FPL

We are currently digitising 65 documents for the cargo ship MV Seistan, including this dramatic photograph depicting the...
11/09/2020

We are currently digitising 65 documents for the cargo ship MV Seistan, including this dramatic photograph depicting the aftermath of an explosion in 1958.

On February 17, when travelling from London to Iran, the vessel caught fire. Amongst her cargo was 170 tons of explosives. The crew tried to offload this cargo on to a barge, but the vessel exploded and was blown in half. 53 crew and 4 tug crew died.

#Maritime #History #Shipwrecks

R is for Registers! 📚LR’s history is inseparable from these books. In the 18th century, those within the shipping indust...
10/09/2020
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R is for Registers! 📚

LR’s history is inseparable from these books. In the 18th century, those within the shipping industry needed to know whether a vessel was safe and reliable for transport. Thus in 1760 LR published their first Register to serve this vital need.

The earliest extant copy is from 1764; and you can explore its digitised counterpart, as well as Registers all the way through to the 20th century, here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/lloyds-register-of-ships-online

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

The Lloyd's Register Foundation is a charity which supports the advancement of engineering-related education, and funds research and development that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air.

09/09/2020

We've just launched our Digital Innovations Grant worth up to £100,000. The grant is looking to fund an organisation that can harness emerging technology to enhance the educational impact and reach of the Centre's collections. For more information on the grant and how to apply, follow this link 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/get-involved/digitial-innovations-grant

#Digital #Grant #Funding #CultureisDigital #Data #Technology

#OTD in 1914 the luxurious liner RMS Oceanic ran aground near the Shetland Islands. The process of being broken up laste...
08/09/2020

#OTD in 1914 the luxurious liner RMS Oceanic ran aground near the Shetland Islands. The process of being broken up lasted until the 1970s. Though it was due to navigational error, she was also the first Allied passenger ship lost in the First World War.

When constructed in 1899 she was the largest vessel in the world and certainly one of the grandest. In 1914 she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted in to an armed merchant cruiser.

#Maritime #History #Shipwreck #TuesdayThoughts

05/09/2020

Today it’s #InternationalCharityDay

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a global charity committed to research and education on making the world a safer place. One charity we are proud to have funded since 2007 is the RNLI. Their volunteers provide an on-call search and rescue service all year and you can read more about their work in this impact story 👉https://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/en/impact-stories/saving-lives-at-sea/

#CharityDay

Q is for Q-ship.If you haven’t heard of Q-ships before it is rather apt, as they were also known as mystery ships. Q-shi...
04/09/2020

Q is for Q-ship.

If you haven’t heard of Q-ships before it is rather apt, as they were also known as mystery ships.

Q-ships were a secret scheme devised by the Royal Navy, who sought a way of countering the success of German U-boats. Their solution was to heavily arm merchant vessels and lure U-boats to make surface attacks. At this moment the Q-ships would reveal their concealed guns and return fire.

One of only three surviving British warships from WWI is the Q-ship HMS President, pictured below.

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History #FridayThoughts #Navy

This week's #ArchiveZ theme is Q... for Queen 👑 It’s well established that LR have classed many regally named vessels su...
03/09/2020

This week's #ArchiveZ theme is Q... for Queen 👑

It’s well established that LR have classed many regally named vessels such as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2. But you may be surprised to learn that we have records for 327 ‘Queen’ vessels on our website.

All of which you can explore and download for free on our website 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/search/ship-name:queen-15645/page/1

The image below is the crankshaft plan for the SS Athelqueen. She was a 1928 British tanker built in Middlesbrough for the Athel Line. In 1942 she was sunk by an Italian submarine whilst voyaging from Hull to Florida.

#Maritime #History Explore Your Archive

What better day to announce our shipwreck theme than the day the Titanic was found in the Atlantic. At the Royal Museums...
01/09/2020

What better day to announce our shipwreck theme than the day the Titanic was found in the Atlantic. At the Royal Museums Greenwich, they have a range of artifacts found on the vessel, including a musical toy pig.

#OnThisDay in 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was found approximately 2.5 miles below the Atlantic by a joint French/USA expedition.

Remarkably, objects survived the icy waters and made it to our collection. Discover them all, from a toy pig to a whistle: https://bit.ly/2ygzL3j

01/09/2020
Our September Campaign- Shipwrecks

From 1 September, our website, YouTube channel and social media platforms will be releasing new content concentrating on the Centre’s shipwreck resources, from Wreck Books to Casualty Returns as well a new story feature from Archivist Max on ‘Wrecks from the Archive’. Furthermore, the team will be discussing Maritime Disasters on the Washed Ashore Podcast. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales are also producing an online exhibition to act as a companion to their September 8 webinar

#OTD in 1782 HMS Royal George foundered whilst receiving repair work on her hull. Over 800 died in what was one of Brita...
29/08/2020

#OTD in 1782 HMS Royal George foundered whilst receiving repair work on her hull. Over 800 died in what was one of Britain’s most deadly maritime disasters.

The Royal George was a ship of the line and the largest ever warship when she was built in Woolwich Dockyard in 1756. She served in the Seven Year’s War and the American War of Independence.

#Maritime #History #Navy

We have another free webinar for you; this time it’s hosted by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monume...
28/08/2020

We have another free webinar for you; this time it’s hosted by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. They’ll discuss how they’re using the Lloyd’s Register Casualty Returns to bolster our knowledge in Welsh shipwrecks.

You can sign up here 👉http://ow.ly/jGuM50BbrBf

#FridayFeeling #Maritime #History #Archives

Happy #InternationalDogDay 🐶For that reason alone, here’s a 1963 pic of Scorps the dog (presumably) inspecting sailors’ ...
26/08/2020

Happy #InternationalDogDay 🐶

For that reason alone, here’s a 1963 pic of Scorps the dog (presumably) inspecting sailors’ uniforms aboard the destroyer HMS Scorpion. © IWM A 34728

#ArchiveZ #History #InternationalDogsDay

It’s easy to forget the artistry that goes in to ship plans. In this midship section plan for the 1918 vessel Stormwrack...
25/08/2020

It’s easy to forget the artistry that goes in to ship plans. In this midship section plan for the 1918 vessel Stormwrack, for example, I’m sure you’ll agree that the level of detail in the wood is rather remarkable 🤯

#Maritime #History #Archives #ArchiveZ Explore Your Archive #TuesdayMotivation

P is for Photographs 📸On our website we have an ever-expanding photographic collection stretching back to the 1890s.Many...
24/08/2020

P is for Photographs 📸

On our website we have an ever-expanding photographic collection stretching back to the 1890s.

Many of the images depict wrecks or damaged equipment; including this rather dramatic photo of the 1957 motor vessel Seistan. The vessel was sunk by an onboard explosion the year following her construction.

You can view our photographic collection here https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/search/document-type:photograph-11763/page/1

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History #MondayMotivation Explore Your Archive Archives & Records Association Scotland - ARA Scotland

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The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre based in London is one of the finest library and archives of its kind, holding material concerning 260 years of marine and engineering science and history. Our aim is to enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally. Originally founded in 1852, today’s library collection incorporates the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collection at Lloyd’s Register as well as much of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Denny library collection. It is one of the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology, offering resources freely to those undertaking research. This diverse collection contains in excess of 54,000 items and is invaluable to maritime, business, engineering, social and family historians as well as other researchers, students and the general public. The reference library is open to the public for research Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. We do not open at weekends or during public holidays. The Heritage & Education Centre is also responsible for the art and artefact collection, research and presentations on the development of Lloyd’s Register, tours of 71 Fenchurch Street and some educational visits.

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