About us

Enhancing public understanding in marine and engineering science and history.

  • Who we are
  • What we do

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Heritage & Education Centre is a public-facing library and archive holding material concerning over 250 years of marine and engineering science and history. The Centre is a part of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and is focused on enhancing public education and research in a number of areas, from maritime history to STEM disciplines.

Based at 71 Fenchurch Street London, the Centre’s library is open from Monday to Friday. Visitors to the Centre can access our unique library of over 59,000 items – all for free. Resources in the library include a complete collection of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships and Yachts, wreck books and staff journals. Search our library catalogue for more information.

HEC team photo 2018

The Centre are also the custodians of Lloyd’s Register’s vast archive. With materials dating back to the 1830s, the archive holds over 1.25 million ship plans and survey reports, the historic photograph collection, Lloyd’s Register corporate history documents and much more.

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.

People behind HEC

  • Victoria Culkin

    Head of Heritage & Education Centre

    Victoria Culkin

    Head of Heritage & Education Centre As Head of the Heritage & Education Centre, Victoria is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre and developing initiatives with external stakeholders.
    These are a few of our favourite things...Victoria Culkin
  • Louise Sanger

    Heritage & Education Centre Deputy Manager

    Louise Sanger

    Heritage & Education Centre Deputy Manager Louise in her role as Deputy Manager focuses on outreach and collaboration; organising international visits and exhibitions. She is also responsible for updating internal HEC reports.
    These are a few of our favourite things...Louise Sanger
  • Sean Clemenson

    Digital Engagement Manager

    Sean Clemenson

    Digital Engagement Manager 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.
    First and Famous: Aquitania
  • Max Wilson

    Archivist

    Max Wilson

    Archivist As the Centre's Archivist, Max will help oversee the digitisation project and cataloguing of the archive and library. He also carries out research projects and produces a number of blogs about the Society's heritage and wider maritime history.
    Robert Kerr-'The Ship that Saved Vancouver'
  • Charlotte Ward

    Education and Outreach Coordinator

    Charlotte Ward

    Education and Outreach Coordinator As the Centre continues to develop its education and outreach programmes, Charlotte is responsible for HEC's events, exhibitions and public programming. She also carries out research for projects and contributes to digital content.
    The First World War
  • 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.
    First and Famous: Lenin ex St. Alexandre Nevsky
  • Anne Cowne

    Information Advisor

    Anne Cowne

    Information Advisor Anne answers enquiries, both internal and external, regarding the library and archive. She is also responsible for maintaining the library collection at 71 Fenchurch Street.
    Interesting Enquiries - SS Ferret
  • 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.