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.

Here's a piece of #MondayMotivation from #ProjectUndaunted! This is an ornately drawn plan of the iron floors fitted for...
20/01/2020

Here's a piece of #MondayMotivation from #ProjectUndaunted! This is an ornately drawn plan of the iron floors fitted for the 1856 London built ship Sphynx. Even more fascinating is a near perfect handprint, possibly the draughtsman. #heritage #archives #maritimearchives

#DidYouKnow that penguin feathers are informing the latest developments in Arctic shipping. The LR-backed SEDNA is using...
20/01/2020

#DidYouKnow that penguin feathers are informing the latest developments in Arctic shipping. The LR-backed SEDNA is using the science behind their water-repellent plumage to build anti-icing ships http://ow.ly/dhHZ50xZFyW #MondayMotivation #PenguinAwarenessDay #maritime

#OTD in 1813 the English engineer Sir Henry Bessemer was born. One peculiar invention was his SS Bessemer; which was a 4...
19/01/2020

#OTD in 1813 the English engineer Sir Henry Bessemer was born. One peculiar invention was his SS Bessemer; which was a 4-paddle steamer with an anti-roll cabin designed to combat seasickness #history #maritime #sunday

#DidYouKnow that we also have a noteworthy collection of photos. Even this simple pic of a break in deck of the tanker V...
18/01/2020

#DidYouKnow that we also have a noteworthy collection of photos. Even this simple pic of a break in deck of the tanker Vardefjell looks quite striking #archives #maritime #photography

#FridayFind from #ProjectUndaunted! This is a plan for a new barquentine, c. 1850, designed by naval architect Edwin Hen...
17/01/2020

#FridayFind from #ProjectUndaunted! This is a plan for a new barquentine, c. 1850, designed by naval architect Edwin Henwood at Cornhill. No documentation exists to identify her at this stage (but we'll certainly try). What a great find! Can any archives beat this for a top find?

Here's something for FolkloreThursday from #ProjectUndaunted! This is a midship section for oddly-named 1892 wooden stea...
16/01/2020

Here's something for FolkloreThursday from #ProjectUndaunted! This is a midship section for oddly-named 1892 wooden steamer, Rob the Ranter! Built in Anstruther, Fife she was named after the vagabond character of the Scottish 17th century folk poem 'Maggie Lauder'. #Archives

Nothing sums up #WednesdayMotivation more than the eventful career of the SS Uganda; which was launched #OTD in 1952. Sh...
15/01/2020

Nothing sums up #WednesdayMotivation more than the eventful career of the SS Uganda; which was launched #OTD in 1952. She was at various stages a passenger and cargo liner, an educational cruise ship, a hospital ship in the Falklands War, and also a troopship #history #maritime

Here's a #TuesdayThought from #ProjectUndaunted, this is a certificate for the Dartmouth ship Lady Seale, built in 1842,...
14/01/2020

Here's a #TuesdayThought from #ProjectUndaunted, this is a certificate for the Dartmouth ship Lady Seale, built in 1842, under the command of Captain Silly. Does anyone else suspect he may have struggled to be taken seriously? #maritimearchives #heritage #history #archives

If only we could all approach Monday with the same ebullience as this ornate 1898 letterhead from iron forger William Gr...
13/01/2020

If only we could all approach Monday with the same ebullience as this ornate 1898 letterhead from iron forger William Griffin #MondayMotivation #archives #history #ships

#OTD in 1918 the destroyer HMS Opal was wrecked in a snowstorm near the Orkney Islands. During her brief 3 years of serv...
12/01/2020

#OTD in 1918 the destroyer HMS Opal was wrecked in a snowstorm near the Orkney Islands. During her brief 3 years of service she fought in the Battle of Jutland and avoided German torpedo attacks. Only one man survived the storm and survived on just fish and snow for 1 ½ days

For #HeritageTreasuresDay look no further than our Grade II* listed HQ; situated amongst the mostly modern offices of Fe...
11/01/2020

For #HeritageTreasuresDay look no further than our Grade II* listed HQ; situated amongst the mostly modern offices of Fenchurch Street. Here is a sneaky pic of the 3D interactive scans we shall soon publish for you to explore online #history #archives #heritage #saturday

Lord Nelson’s state funeral was #OTD in 1806. Within our collection is this intricate model of his flagship HMS Victory....
09/01/2020
These Are A Few Of Our Favourite Things Charlotte Ward | Blogs | What's On | Heritage & Education Centre

Lord Nelson’s state funeral was #OTD in 1806. Within our collection is this intricate model of his flagship HMS Victory. Our colleague Charlotte has written a fascinating blog about the model and the ship's history, check it out here https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs/these-are-a-few-of-our-favourite-things-charlotte-ward/category/charlotte-ward/date/2018 #ThursdayThoughts

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.

Today is #ArgyleDay. Though as it’s hard to get too excited over patterned socks, why not check out this warship. The 19...
08/01/2020

Today is #ArgyleDay. Though as it’s hard to get too excited over patterned socks, why not check out this warship. The 1989 HMS Argyll is the longest serving frigate of its type. In 2010 it was the first to be fitted with an advanced supersonic missile defense system #history

#DidYouKnow we surveyed the first ever ship that formed part of the #Guinness fleet. The W.M Barkley was built in 1898 a...
07/01/2020

#DidYouKnow we surveyed the first ever ship that formed part of the #Guinness fleet. The W.M Barkley was built in 1898 and purchased by the brewery in 1913. Unfortunately, she was torpedoed in 1917 and sunk with a full cargo of stout #TuesdayThoughts #history #ships #archives

#OTD in 1918 the LR-classed vessel HMHS Rewa was sunk by a U-Boat. The vessel had a tonnage of 7308 and was built to ser...
04/01/2020

#OTD in 1918 the LR-classed vessel HMHS Rewa was sunk by a U-Boat. The vessel had a tonnage of 7308 and was built to service the UK to India route. As it was converted to a hospital ship for #WW1, the sinking violated the Laws of War agreed in 1907 #history #navy #archives

Here's a top tip for writing difficult letters, all the way back from 1925! The Anglesey Shipping Co wrote that they wou...
03/01/2020

Here's a top tip for writing difficult letters, all the way back from 1925! The Anglesey Shipping Co wrote that they would write back with more info about their ship the Pennant later as it was 'very complicated.' Something to mull over for Monday! #ProjectUndaunted #History

In our collection is the survey report for the 1814 Vessel HMS Tamar; built in #Kent to fight piracy. She captured one p...
02/01/2020

In our collection is the survey report for the 1814 Vessel HMS Tamar; built in #Kent to fight piracy. She captured one pirate ship in 1820 and in 1821 chased the vessel Jupiter which did not surrender until the Tamar fired from one of its 26 guns #arvhies #history #maritime #tbt

This year we are celebrating our 260th birthday (and we're pretty excited for it!) Somebody make us a coffeehouse cake? ...
01/01/2020

This year we are celebrating our 260th birthday (and we're pretty excited for it!) Somebody make us a coffeehouse cake?

🎈🍾🎁🥂🎉🍰🎂

Keep your eyes open for more digital exhibitions, content & more!

#happybirthday

Happy #NewYear2019 from #ProjectUndaunted! Here's a letter from exactly 127 year, from LR's Belfast surveyor regarding f...
01/01/2020

Happy #NewYear2019 from #ProjectUndaunted! Here's a letter from exactly 127 year, from LR's Belfast surveyor regarding fees for surveying of SS Emulator. They pursued the yard fees for 7 years and eventually decided to write it off on New Years Day! #archives #history #heritage

Happy #NewYears2019 from #ProjectUndaunted! To mark the occasion, here is the wreck report for 1902 Dumbarton ship Peiho...
31/12/2019

Happy #NewYears2019 from #ProjectUndaunted! To mark the occasion, here is the wreck report for 1902 Dumbarton ship Peiho. Wrecked in 1923, with all her cargo, a radio transmission was picked up that all her crew had been safely landed at New Year Island! #archives #heritage

2019 saw us work with @pastpleasures1 for the first time. Not only did they bring Thomas Collcutt and Jebez Barrett to l...
30/12/2019

2019 saw us work with @pastpleasures1 for the first time. Not only did they bring Thomas Collcutt and Jebez Barrett to life but they also delivered an excellent storytelling training session for the team!

Read Barrett's memoir 👉 http://ow.ly/Ptyd50xB9vr

#bringinghistorytolife

#DYK that this year we not only launched our exhibition, From Coffee to Seaweed, but also digitised and made it freely a...
29/12/2019

#DYK that this year we not only launched our exhibition, From Coffee to Seaweed, but also digitised and made it freely available online?!

👉http://ow.ly/zIdJ50xB8SX

#cultureisdigital #onlineexhibitions

For the first time in 2019, we took part in @heritageopenday! This fantastic celebration of our national heritage, allow...
28/12/2019

For the first time in 2019, we took part in @heritageopenday!

This fantastic celebration of our national heritage, allowed us the opportunity to welcome to public into our historic Collcutt building and take them behind-the-scenes

👉 http://ow.ly/Md0h50xB5Rg

2019 was a big year for HEC. This year we launched our first VR experience. It gives people the opportunity to try their...
27/12/2019

2019 was a big year for HEC.

This year we launched our first VR experience. It gives people the opportunity to try their hand at being a surveyor on historic and modern ships.

#cultureisdigital

Happy #BoxingDay from #ProjectUndaunted! Feeling full after the festivities? No presents to open? Why not open up these ...
26/12/2019

Happy #BoxingDay from #ProjectUndaunted! Feeling full after the festivities? No presents to open? Why not open up these boxes from the comfort of your own home? We have 167,000 documents and 40,000 ship online. To browse follow the link below: http://ow.ly/iKdQ50xxnWX #archives

Its Christmaaaaaaaas! #OTD in 1856 the Surveyor at Leith recorded in his diary 'engaged all day in the office.' Here's t...
25/12/2019

Its Christmaaaaaaaas! #OTD in 1856 the Surveyor at Leith recorded in his diary 'engaged all day in the office.' Here's to hoping your Christmas is better than his! Happy #Christmas2019 from #ProjectUndaunted! #Archives #history #heritage

Just a quick round (SS) Robin from #ProjectUndaunted, wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Ye...
24/12/2019

Just a quick round (SS) Robin from #ProjectUndaunted, wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year! #Archies #heritage #history

23/12/2019

Please note that the Heritage & Education Centre will be closed over Christmas. The archive elves need to rest!

One of our proudest achievements this year was launching our new website and making....so far....160,000+ documents free...
22/12/2019

One of our proudest achievements this year was launching our new website and making....so far....160,000+ documents freely available!

Take a break during the festivities and explore our website 👉http://ow.ly/2KAi50xB982

#digitalarchives

It's the #WinterSolstice, marking the 1st day of Winter! In ancient Celtic tradition the Holly King of Winter, and the O...
21/12/2019

It's the #WinterSolstice, marking the 1st day of Winter! In ancient Celtic tradition the Holly King of Winter, and the Oak King of Summer, are eternally locked battle for control of the year! Definitely time for hats and gloves now! #history #heritage #archives #ProjectUndaunted

A bit of #WelshWednesdayWidsom from #ProjectUndaunted! T Usborne, shipowner was so happy with the safe delivery of his o...
18/12/2019

A bit of #WelshWednesdayWidsom from #ProjectUndaunted! T Usborne, shipowner was so happy with the safe delivery of his oats in 1842, that he only used the Mary & Eleanor afterwards! Here's his letter to the captain. For more records, follow the link below: http://ow.ly/CAZj50xxhFA

Safety announcement from #ProjectUndaunted! As we approach Christmas time, the mulled wine is flowing, parties are in fu...
17/12/2019

Safety announcement from #ProjectUndaunted! As we approach Christmas time, the mulled wine is flowing, parties are in full swing, but please...don't drink and archive this season! It's just not worth it! #TuesdayThought #history #heritage #archives #maritimearchives

#OTD in 1850, the Randolph and Charlotte Jane arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand. They were two of what became know as th...
16/12/2019

#OTD in 1850, the Randolph and Charlotte Jane arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand. They were two of what became know as the 'first four ships', chartered by the Canterbury Association to bring the Canterbury Pilgrims to New Zealand

Records for the Charlotte Jane 👉http://ow.ly/mgaY50xx9jE

#maritimehistory #newzealand

Short announcement to everyone! The Eastern Telegraph Company is closing early today, so if you're sending any Christmas...
14/12/2019

Short announcement to everyone! The Eastern Telegraph Company is closing early today, so if you're sending any Christmas telegrams for the East, make sure you're at the station before 4...just to be on the safe side! #ProjectUndaunted #SaturdayFeeling #archives #heritage #history

#FridayFind from #ProjectUndaunted! An impressive letterhead for Forrest & Son's shipyard, dated 1892 showing their inte...
13/12/2019

#FridayFind from #ProjectUndaunted! An impressive letterhead for Forrest & Son's shipyard, dated 1892 showing their international medals for building. Discover more hidden treasures from our archive at the link below: http://ow.ly/nGh050xxeya #archives #history #heritage

It's #FolkloreThursday! Historically figureheads watched over ships and sailors on the high seas and calming storms. Thi...
12/12/2019

It's #FolkloreThursday! Historically figureheads watched over ships and sailors on the high seas and calming storms. This figurehead, of a praying lady is from the 1883 Whitehaven built ship Sherwood! #ProjectUndaunted #maritimearchives #heritage #archives #history

#OTD in 1997 the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned. She was classed by LR in 1953 and built in the Clydebank ship...
11/12/2019

#OTD in 1997 the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned. She was classed by LR in 1953 and built in the Clydebank shipyard which also built the LR classed Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth #maritime #history #WayBackWednesday

Do you know who were definitely #ReindeerReady? The Royal Navy in the 19th century. They had not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 ...
10/12/2019

Do you know who were definitely #ReindeerReady? The Royal Navy in the 19th century. They had not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 ships named HMS Reindeer!! One of which was an 18-gun vessel which fought in the Napoleonic Wars #Tuesdaythoughts #maritime #archives #history

Among our collection is the report for the very first ship built in Newry, #NorthernIreland. The 1846 Schooner, named Ma...
09/12/2019

Among our collection is the report for the very first ship built in Newry, #NorthernIreland. The 1846 Schooner, named Mary Ann, weighed 72 tons and was built for the coasting trade with Calcutta #MondayThoughts #Archives #MondayMotivation #history http://ow.ly/pRAP50xv18O

Today is #CivilAviationDay #DidYouKnow LR had a short lived aviation inspection department from the late 1920’s to 1937....
07/12/2019

Today is #CivilAviationDay #DidYouKnow LR had a short lived aviation inspection department from the late 1920’s to 1937. One plane LR classed was a 1930 DH 60 ‘Speed Moth’ similar to the one pictured below #archives #history #planes

This week's #FridayFind is from a presentation volume from the shipbuilder's Yarrow & Co. Dated early 1900s it shows a s...
06/12/2019

This week's #FridayFind is from a presentation volume from the shipbuilder's Yarrow & Co. Dated early 1900s it shows a steam launch given to the Prussian Navy and carrying 50 sailors! #Heritage #MaritimeArchives #history #Archives

Our surveys also provide lovely insights into our staff's personality. Such as the Limerick based surveyor who huffed th...
05/12/2019

Our surveys also provide lovely insights into our staff's personality. Such as the Limerick based surveyor who huffed that as the ship was 'being built upwards of sixty miles from home I cannot of course give an accurate account of her frames.' #ThursdayThoughts #History #TBT

As Princess Anne is trending, it would be remiss not to highlight that she has an actual hovercraft named after her. The...
04/12/2019

As Princess Anne is trending, it would be remiss not to highlight that she has an actual hovercraft named after her. The LR classed vessel weighs 250 tons and has the record for the largest commercial hovercraft ever built #WednesdayWisdom #WednesdayThoughts #history

To celebrate 150 years of LR in China, here is the record for the 1st surveyor to Shanghai in 1869, Joseph Tucker. His f...
03/12/2019

To celebrate 150 years of LR in China, here is the record for the 1st surveyor to Shanghai in 1869, Joseph Tucker. His first survey was for the ship Dora that year. One year later he wrote in favour of placing 'similar offices...in other parts of China.' #China #LRChina150

#OTD in 1905 the LR classed liner RMS Carmania sailed on her maiden voyage to NYC. She was an armed merchant cruiser for...
02/12/2019

#OTD in 1905 the LR classed liner RMS Carmania sailed on her maiden voyage to NYC. She was an armed merchant cruiser for WW1; where she marginally defeated the formerly luxurious liner SMS Cap Trafalgar in the first battle between converted ocean liners #history #ships #maritime

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