Research

Projects and publications

Projects our research has supported

Our Heritage & Education Centre collections have been used for numerous publications and projects over the years. Our work in this area helps to bring the organisation's rich heritage material and expert knowledge on maritime science and innovation to engage new audiences. Our team have provided guidance and research on a wide range of subjects. Here are just a few of them. 

If you have an idea or need help with an existing research project please do get in touch or visit our Archive & Library resource pages. 

Recent HEC publications

Much of the history of Lloyd’s Register has been captured in our own publications. The most recent were supported by detailed research from our HEC team, and through the support and guidance of other colleagues around the world.  

Research case studies

These have included research for television programmes, lectures, exhibitions, books and papers including: 

Television programmes

  • Who do you think you are? - Lloyd's Register Surveyor Thomas Lawrence, whose great-grandson was T E Lawrence, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia
  • Shipwrecks on the Thames
  • Restoration Home- Pickering and Haldane's Steam Trawling Co.Ld. for BBC2, the espisode features a grand Victorian house on Hull's Coltman Street that once belonged to Christopher Pickering

Exhibitions

  • From coffee to seaweed: Engineering a safer world since 1760 - exploring the history of Lloyd's Register through unique stories and objects and showcasing the current work of Lloyd's Register and the Foundation
  • Waterproof: safety at sea - Rotterdam Maritime Museum
  • Australia National Maritime Museum (ANMM) - objects showcasing the history of Lloyd’s Register in a celebration of 250 years of involvement in maritime standards and assessment.

Books & papers

  • Encyclopedia of Marine & Offshore Engineering, with an introduction written by our Curator of Maritime History & Heritage - Barbara Jones. This 340 chapter, six volume publication is a major reference work embracing all of the disciplines of engineering and naval architecture. 
  • Asleep in the deep: The story of the rise and fall of the Bennett Steamship Company, Diane Brian (York, January 2012)
  • 60 Épeves en vendee et Charente-maritime, by Herve Marsaud & Pascal Henaff
  • Die Themse-Schiffhart des London County Council (L.C.C.) und die Schicksale senier 30 Raddampfer, Jürg Meister
  • Shipbuilding and the forests of Prince Edward Island; an analysis of the types and amounts of wood used in island ships – based on surveyor’s reports of the Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping’ - paper by Douglas Sobey
  • London Hidden Interiors, English Heritage - we provided access to and research on the historic Collcutt building at 71 Fenchurch Street. The book conveys the richness and diversity of London's architectural heritage to a global audience
  • The evolution of new combinations: Drivers of British maritime engineering competitiveness during the nineteenth century, Sandro Mendonça PhD Thesis
  • The history of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention - research for a paper
  • Maersk Line History - extensive research on container shipping 

Other

Research on maritime transportation and other disciplines has been undertaken regularly by the HEC team for a wide range of enquirers from academics, archivists, art researchers, historians, genealogists, librarians and museum curators, through to statisticians, technical staff, naval architects, engineers, solicitors, yacht renovators, security services, government departments and key Lloyd's Register clients around the world.