About us

Maritime Safety: Increasing the understanding of its importance to the past, present and future ocean economy.

  • Our vision & mission
  • What we do

Maritime safety has always been critical to the ocean economy. Today, as the industry navigates the challenges of climate change, sustainable global supply chains and net zero targets, the Centre asks - what lessons can we learn from the past that will help us shape a safer ocean economy for tomorrow?

Our mission is to inform, educate, influence and inspire policy makers, researchers and business leaders as they meet these challenges. Leveraging our connections, heritage collections and creativity we will increase understanding across the world of the importance of maritime safety to a sustainable and efficient ocean economy.

We will innovate, pioneer and promote best practice within the maritime heritage sector to create the archive of the future, open and accessible to all.

Our Visitor Centre:

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Heritage & Education Centre is a public-facing library and archive holding material concerning over 260 years of marine and engineering science and history. The Centre is a part of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and is focused on increasing the understanding and importance of maritime safety.

Based at 71 Fenchurch Street in London, the Centre’s is open to all, offering a unique collection of research resources from our reference library and corporate archive. To search our collection, visit our online catalogue.

The diversity of the Centre’s library and archive offer an invaluable resource to researchers from a variety of disciplines, including maritime, business, engineering, genealogy and linguistics.

Please note, the visitor centre is closed throughout 2022 due to refurbishment.

Meet the Team

  • Alex Stitt

    Director of the Heritage & Education Centre

    Alex Stitt

    Director of the Heritage & Education Centre Alex is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Heritage & Education Centre. With over 15 years previous experience with digital media, and a directorship role at a world-renowned museum, Alex's role will help HEC become a globally recognised archive.
    The 1872 Tea Race
  • Sean Clemenson

    Head of Digital Development

    Sean Clemenson

    Head of Digital Development Sean is responsible for the development of the Centre's digital content and strategy; utilising innovative technologies to bring the Centre's collections to life in diverse formats.
    Society: The Staff Magazine of Lloyd's Register
  • Max Wilson

    Archivist

    Max Wilson

    Archivist As the Centre’s Archivist Max assists the management, development and accessibility of the archive and heritage collections, with oversight of preservation/conservation, acquisitions, selection, archive arrangement, appraisal and cataloguing.
    Cheque in the Cupboard!
  • Louise Sanger

    Head of Research, Interpretation & Engagement

    Louise Sanger

    Head of Research, Interpretation & Engagement Louise leads on the HEC research, interpretation and engagement strategy. Inspiring and guiding internal and external stakeholders in our mission - maritime safety. Contributing and communicating specialist knowledge in the area to increase the understanding of its importance to the past, present and future ocean economy. Our team work to scope and initiate flagship projects that showcase our vision, developing key research themes to generate valuable new insights that inspire change in the long-term.
    The Plimsoll line
  • Barbara Jones

    Curator of Maritime History & Heritage

    Barbara Jones

    Curator of Maritime History & Heritage As Curator of Maritime History & Heritage, Barbara is project manager of Project Undaunted and also deals with high-level enquiries regarding archived documents.
    Pirates, Pirate Radio and a Music Lockdown
  • Michael Launchbury

    Digital Archivist

    Michael Launchbury

    Digital Archivist I am responsible for the preservation of our born digital materials and data. Moreover, I process the digitisation of our printed material with the aim of making our documents readily accessible online.
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  • Sarah Mott

    Interpretation Coordinator

    Sarah Mott

    Interpretation Coordinator Sarah is responsible for delivering the interpretation strategy as well as HEC's social media channels and quarterly magazine.
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  • Luca Rapisarda

    Front of House and Information Advisor

    Luca Rapisarda

    Front of House and Information Advisor Luca is responsible for managing all enquiries for the Heritage & Education Centre, maintaining a lively network of stakeholders, from research partners and universities to the general public.
    Society: The Staff Magazine of Lloyd's Register
  • Zach Schieferstein

    Archive Assistant

    Zach Schieferstein

    Archive Assistant One of two archive assistants working behind the scenes indexing, and arranging the archive collection to make them more accessible and helping to facilitate the move of the collections back to Fenchurch Street ready for its re-opening.