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.

A key part of archive work is the numbering of each document. In fact, you may be surprised by just how many pencils our...
22/04/2020

A key part of archive work is the numbering of each document. In fact, you may be surprised by just how many pencils our archive team go through. The picture below shows just a month’s worth of pencil use ✏️

#WorldStationeryDay #WednesdayMotivation #Archives

Today’s #Archive30 theme is #misconceptions. One historical misunderstanding is that not only did we class the #Titanic,...
21/04/2020

Today’s #Archive30 theme is #misconceptions. One historical misunderstanding is that not only did we class the #Titanic, but it was also built in excess of our rules. Both claims were false and promoted LR to submit a rebuttal in The Times. The only items that LR inspected were the vessel’s anchors, the largest of which weighed 16 tons.

#Maritime #History #TuesdayThoughts

Today we are launching our new Online Exhibitions and Stories page on our website. This is a perfect way of engaging wit...
20/04/2020

Today we are launching our new Online Exhibitions and Stories page on our website. This is a perfect way of engaging with our archives whilst we are all at home.

The first online exhibition looks at our origin story which began in Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House. ☕ Here’s the link 👉http://ow.ly/ve8J50ziP9M

#Maritime #History #Archives #MondayMotivation

As today’s #Archive30 theme is #Sport we thought we’ll highlight one of the groundsmen for our famed cricket club. His n...
15/04/2020

As today’s #Archive30 theme is #Sport we thought we’ll highlight one of the groundsmen for our famed cricket club. His name was Teddy, he was a very hard-worker and he was also…. a horse! 🐴

Here he is in Dulwich with his colleague Ernie.

You can read more about our cricket club 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs/birdies-bats-and-bowling

#archives #history #horses

#OTD in 1912 the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage. This is the last known photo of the vessel t...
14/04/2020

#OTD in 1912 the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage. This is the last known photo of the vessel taken near Queenstown, Ireland. #Maritime #History #Titanic

For #NationalUnicornDay please enjoy this unicorn figurehead. 🦄It belongs to the 1824 frigate of the same name, and now ...
09/04/2020

For #NationalUnicornDay please enjoy this unicorn figurehead. 🦄

It belongs to the 1824 frigate of the same name, and now forms part of Britain’s National Historic Fleet.

#Maritime #History #Ships #Unicorns

Here’s an #ArchiveCelebration from our born digital collection. It shows the topping out ceremony for our new Fenchurch ...
08/04/2020

Here’s an #ArchiveCelebration from our born digital collection. It shows the topping out ceremony for our new Fenchurch Street Rogers Building in 1998. Though one thing I can’t explain is why there is a bagpiper….🤷

#Archive30 #History #WednesdayMotivation

#OTD in 1947 the industrialist Henry Ford passed away. #DidYouKnow that in 1915 he chartered a vessel, the Oscar II or t...
07/04/2020

#OTD in 1947 the industrialist Henry Ford passed away. #DidYouKnow that in 1915 he chartered a vessel, the Oscar II or the 'Peace Ship', to Europe in the futile hope that he could negotiate an armistice. Unfortunately, the group of pacifists that joined Ford garnered more publicity for their infighting than for their original cause. The press mockingly called the vessel the ‘Ship of Fools’

Below is a photo of the vessel and a cartoon of the press' opinion of that denigrated voyage.

#TuesdayThoughts #Maritime #History #Ford

Today’s #Archive30 theme is #FamousArchives. Thankfully for LR, we have surveyed some of the most famous ships in histor...
07/04/2020
Ships | Archive & Library | Heritage & Education Centre

Today’s #Archive30 theme is #FamousArchives. Thankfully for LR, we have surveyed some of the most famous ships in history. We hold the records for the rival clippers Cutty Sark and the Thermopylae, and also the liners Mauretania and QEII.

An interesting document for the Mauretania is this letter from the Cunard Line, who are notifying our Liverpool office that they have lost an important Certificate of Approval.

You can explore this ship here 👉http://ow.ly/6nYU50z7p1E

#maritime #history #archives

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.

As a remedy to the boredom of being indoors, you can also explore a virtual version of our 'From Coffee to Seaweed' exhi...
06/04/2020

As a remedy to the boredom of being indoors, you can also explore a virtual version of our 'From Coffee to Seaweed' exhibition.

This exhibit explores the fascinating history of LR through our vast and varied archive. Check it out 👉 http://ow.ly/FB7650z5DX0

#MondayMotivation #Maritime #History

Although most LR staff are working from home, our HQ is still guarded by our trusty marble lions. 🦁 These 19th century l...
04/04/2020
Collcutt Building Virtual Tour | What's On | Heritage & Education Centre

Although most LR staff are working from home, our HQ is still guarded by our trusty marble lions. 🦁 These 19th century lions were the gift of Francisco Schiaffino, who in 1872 became our first surveyor in Genoa.

You can explore these lions, and much more, in our virtual exhibition 👉 http://ow.ly/JbEp50z3arc

#history #maritime #lions

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.

Timeline Photos
01/04/2020

Timeline Photos

#OTD in 1915 the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Irresistible was mined during the Dardanelles campaign. She was laid dow...
18/03/2020

#OTD in 1915 the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Irresistible was mined during the Dardanelles campaign. She was laid down in 1898 at Chatham Dockyard, with a displacement of 15,800 long tons and 12” thick armour. Once struck by the mine, she faced heavy Ottoman gunfire and was therefore abandoned.
#history #navy #ships

Happy #StPatricksDay! #DidYouKnow LR surveyed Guinness’ barges that transported barrels of the beer along the River Liff...
17/03/2020

Happy #StPatricksDay!

#DidYouKnow LR surveyed Guinness’ barges that transported barrels of the beer along the River Liffey. The image below is a 1902 cross section of the engine for the vessel Lee. Why not explore for yourself here 👉http://ow.ly/DYOW50yMVD1

#Archives #Maritime #History

We have just begun digitizing our vast collection of internal staff publications. If you’re interested in LR’s instituti...
16/03/2020

We have just begun digitizing our vast collection of internal staff publications. If you’re interested in LR’s institutional history, which covers our relationship with London and the wider world, or maritime history and engineering these texts will be a fascinating read. 🤩

What’s better is that if you worked for us over the last half-century or so, it’s possible that you’ll find a photograph of yourself at one of our many events, charity days or features. 📸

The entire collection should be available in the coming months.

#MondayMotivation #History #Archives #Ships

13/03/2020

💤 We might be a bit biased, but what can be more calming than sleeping by the sea? #WorldSleepDay ⛴️😴

*Event Cancellation*We did intend to return to Greenwich this Saturday, with our VR experience, as part of #BritishScien...
13/03/2020

*Event Cancellation*

We did intend to return to Greenwich this Saturday, with our VR experience, as part of #BritishScienceWeek. However, we've unfortunately had to cancel our participation due to recent developments regarding the Coronavirus.

11/03/2020

⚽ Tonight’s big football match is a perfect opportunity to appreciate a ship with close ties to Liverpool. ⚽

In 1932, LR classed the MV Georgic: the last ever ship built for the White Star Line before it merged with rival company the Cunard Line.

The 216m long vessel served the Liverpool to New York route up until 1940. Then, she was converted into a troopship for WWII until she was bombed and sunk in 1941.

Below you'll find a clip announcing the completion of the vessel

#LIVATL #Maritime #History #Liverpool #WednesdayMotivation

Happy #BagpipeDay everyone! As the Highlands is the Scottish home of bagpiping, why not check out the hundreds of docume...
10/03/2020

Happy #BagpipeDay everyone! As the Highlands is the Scottish home of bagpiping, why not check out the hundreds of documents we have for Invernesian shipbuilding 👉
http://ow.ly/m6Rd50yHIzC

Ships include the gloriously named ‘Rob the Ranter,’ which name comes from a 17th century poem by Francis Sempill.

And if that doesn't take your fancy, here's that famous photo of a bagpiper serenading a penguin 🐧

#history #maritime #InternationalBagpipeDay #Scotland

#OTD in 1862 one of the most significant naval battles in history concluded. During the American Civil War, the USS Moni...
09/03/2020

#OTD in 1862 one of the most significant naval battles in history concluded. During the American Civil War, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia engaged in the first ever battle between steam-powered ironclad warships. The age of wooden warships had come to an end #navy #maritime #ships #history

06/03/2020

LR are returning to the Cutty Sark! On Sunday, the HEC team will be there demonstrating their VR experience as part of British Science Week. Why not come along and play the game for free ⛵
http://ow.ly/zxMk50yEx9H
#maritime #science #history #ships

As #toiletpapercrisis is trending it's worth noting the dilemmas faced by 19th century British migrants to Australia. Be...
04/03/2020

As #toiletpapercrisis is trending it's worth noting the dilemmas faced by 19th century British migrants to Australia. Before the days of widespread loo roll availability, many voyagers had to not only use communal toilets but also wipe with a communal rug doused in vinegar. 🧻

Such ships might have included the LR-classed Loch Ness, which voyaged to Australia from Glasgow in 1886. More information on this ship can be found here 👉 http://ow.ly/YUqe50yCzRD

LRF Heritage & Education Centre
04/03/2020

LRF Heritage & Education Centre

For no other reason that it’s #WorldWildlifeDay, please enjoy this 19th century illustration of a seafaring duck 🦆 #mari...
03/03/2020

For no other reason that it’s #WorldWildlifeDay, please enjoy this 19th century illustration of a seafaring duck 🦆
#maritime #history #animals #TuesdayThoughts

Sorry for being late with the #StDavidsDay  celebrations but here’s an interesting historical anecdote for you. In 1927,...
02/03/2020

Sorry for being late with the #StDavidsDay celebrations but here’s an interesting historical anecdote for you.

In 1927, the LR-classed passenger vessel SS St David collided with another vessel whilst in the Welsh coastal town of Fishguard.

What was the name of the ship it collided with? The SS St Patrick... 😲

#DyddGŵylDewi #MondayMood #History #Ships #Maritime

As its #ScouseDay it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Merseyside’s history of shipbuilding. 🔨 🏗On our website,...
28/02/2020

As its #ScouseDay it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Merseyside’s history of shipbuilding. 🔨 🏗

On our website, we have ship plans and reports of almost 3000 vessels belonging to the region. 🚢 One of the most famous vessels is the RMS Mauretania, which was at the time the largest and fastest ship in the world. We also have reports for the Fullagar, the world’s first all-welded ship!

Why not explore the history of Merseyside Shipbuilding yourself 👉http://ow.ly/jKIE50yyja9

#history #ships #Liverpool #GlobalScouseDay

To continue on from yesterday’s Arctic theme, one extraordinary ship that LR surveyed was the HMS Hecla. The bomb vessel...
26/02/2020

To continue on from yesterday’s Arctic theme, one extraordinary ship that LR surveyed was the HMS Hecla.

The bomb vessel, launched in 1815, was one of the defining ships of British exploration. It voyaged three times to the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, by the time surveyor Walter Paton came across the ship the vessel was virtually unknown.

As a corrective, our colleague Max wrote a fascinating in-depth tripartite blog that once again celebrates this remarkable ship. Check it out here 👉 http://ow.ly/VnV450yweMk

For our surveyors in the arctic you could say every day is #PancakeDay. That’s because they would have voyaged through u...
25/02/2020

For our surveyors in the arctic you could say every day is #PancakeDay. That’s because they would have voyaged through untold numbers of pancake ice: circular formations of ice that can be up to 10ft in diameter #DidYouKnow #10ftPancakes #Maritime #ships #ShroveTuesday

What is the least appropriate name to give to a warship? 🤔One contender must be the Royal Navy’s HMS Dainty. Built along...
24/02/2020

What is the least appropriate name to give to a warship? 🤔
One contender must be the Royal Navy’s HMS Dainty. Built along the Clyde in 1932, the destroyer had a range of not so delicate armaments; including 4 x QF Mark IX guns, anti-aircraft defences and 2 torpedo tubes. She served during WW2 and was sunk #OTD in 1941 when hit by a 1,000 lb German bomb #maritime #history #ships

Happy #LoveYourPetDay! Try to love your pets as much as this captain’s family, who brought along not only their two pet ...
21/02/2020

Happy #LoveYourPetDay! Try to love your pets as much as this captain’s family, who brought along not only their two pet dogs but also their cockatoo 🐶🐥

The vessel they are on is the Mount Stewart, which was classed by LR in 1891 and built in Glasgow. Click here to see more documents for this vessel 👉http://ow.ly/rLIv50yskRy

#OTD in 1902 the Royal Navy laid down the first ever British designed and built submarine the HMS A1. The vessel, which ...
19/02/2020

#OTD in 1902 the Royal Navy laid down the first ever British designed and built submarine the HMS A1. The vessel, which never saw active service, sank twice: the first due to a collision and the second due to a hydrogen explosion. HMS A1 is now a historic wreck situated near the coast of West Sussex. Interestingly the term A1, although not used in this context, is a term coined by LR which denotes a vessel of exceptional quality. #maritime #history #navy #heritage

18/02/2020

Even I was surprised to learn that our Fenchurch Street offices were the scene of a robbery. In March 1975, four criminals attacked security guards delivering LR staff’s weekly wages. They weren’t the most adept crooks as one of the robbers shot themselves in the leg 🤦 Our colleague Sean has put together this rather suspenseful film depicting the incident 📽 #history #police #crime

17/02/2020

As we are closed for the year at 71 Fenchurch Street we are working non-stop to improve our digital platforms. Check out this short 🎥 to learn more about we get up to at HEC https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/
#MondayMotivation #Maritime #History #Ships

❤️️ Happy #ValentinesDay ❤️️! This card, made in the late nineteenth century, is by famed lithographer Louis Prang. It d...
14/02/2020

❤️️ Happy #ValentinesDay ❤️️! This card, made in the late nineteenth century, is by famed lithographer Louis Prang. It depicts the rather odd courtship activity whereby you jump in a boat and prod a stick full of flowers in your lover’s face #FridayThoughts #FridayMotivation

13/02/2020

Our popular virtual reality experience, named 'Ship Surveyor Through the Ages', is now publicly available to download.

The experience places players in the shoes of a historic and contemporary ship surveyor. The interactive game offers the general public insight into the role of surveyors through history and how the standard of ship surveying has changed drastically since the 18th century.

The experience is compatible with HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality systems. To download the experiences, please visit the Viveport and Steam stores the links to which are posted below.

https://www.viveport.com/apps/0b7d3118-a4e4-4b85-8258-59cab867ae01/Ship_Surveyor_Through_the_Ages_-_VR/

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1228470/Ship_Surveyor_Through_the_Ages__VR/

12/02/2020

#DidYouKnow that the famous HMS Beagle was built in Woolwich Dockyard. Founded in 1512 by Henry VIII, the dockyard was an integral part of naval shipbuilding until its closure in 1869. Even after this date the area still welcomed many noteworthy ships. This video shows HMS Impregnable coming to be broken up in 1921. The vessel was the Royal Navy’s last extant three-decker wooden battleship #DarwinDay #Woolwich #WednesdayWisdom #maritime #history

LR since its inception has always been committed to engineering a safer world. This has been facilitated by the contribu...
11/02/2020

LR since its inception has always been committed to engineering a safer world. This has been facilitated by the contributions of many remarkable women; be they engineers, mathematicians or surveyors. Last year, we wrote a blog that championed some of these women which is well worth highlighting again as we are celebrating #WomenInScience today #WomenInStem #Stem http://ow.ly/Fxio50yjcWl

10/02/2020

What keeps a dock floating above water? Pier pressure...#UKPunDay 🛳

One #Oscar worth celebrating is the life of Oscar Parkes. Born in 1885, Parkes was a naval historian, Royal Navy surgeon...
10/02/2020

One #Oscar worth celebrating is the life of Oscar Parkes. Born in 1885, Parkes was a naval historian, Royal Navy surgeon, and celebrated painter. In 1919 Oscar was the official naval artist of the Imperial War Museum. Some of his beautiful illustrations you can see below. 🎨

He was also an associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a substantial collection of which resides within our archives 👉 http://ow.ly/nwe050yi2Zu
#maritime #Oscars #MondayThoughts #MondayMotivation

Catchy title for a construction firm. They weren't messing around in 1934, that's for sure... Happy Friday everyone! #Fr...
07/02/2020

Catchy title for a construction firm. They weren't messing around in 1934, that's for sure... Happy Friday everyone! #FridayFeeling #FridayFind #Heritage #History #Archives

#OTD in 1898 Veendam, originally named the SS Baltic, foundered when she collided with a wreck.  In 1873 the vessel’s ea...
06/02/2020

#OTD in 1898 Veendam, originally named the SS Baltic, foundered when she collided with a wreck. In 1873 the vessel’s eastbound Atlantic crossing from Sandy Hook to Queenstown was a record; averaging a speed just over 15 knots #history #maritime

#WednesdayMotivation from #ProjectUndaunted! The RMS Magdalena ran aground near Brazil on her 1949 maiden voyage. Insure...
05/02/2020

#WednesdayMotivation from #ProjectUndaunted! The RMS Magdalena ran aground near Brazil on her 1949 maiden voyage. Insurers paid £2.3m to her owners-the largest in UK maritime history. Listing the damage, the newspaper ends; 'but bottles of beer remain unbroken.' What a relief!

The  1851 Trust and their STEM Crew project have launched the 1st of 3 free educational classes in partnership with LRF....
04/02/2020
Modern Materials - STEM Crew

The 1851 Trust and their STEM Crew project have launched the 1st of 3 free educational classes in partnership with LRF. The first lesson looks at the materials used in boat construction. Click this link to watch a short 🎥 http://ow.ly/TS3D50ycUel #CharityTuesday

Through the exciting context of the Americas Cup sailing this teaching resource explores composite and nano materials for GCSE and KS3.

This is a letterhead from the Cromwell hotel dated 1900. A famous haunt of Charles Dickens and Lord Nelson it remains a ...
04/02/2020

This is a letterhead from the Cromwell hotel dated 1900. A famous haunt of Charles Dickens and Lord Nelson it remains a prominent landmark in Great Yarmouth today! To access records for Great Yarmouth's shipping history follow see below: http://ow.ly/Hkgh50ycaqG #TuesdayThoughts #archives

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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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