Projects and publications

A few things our research has supported

The Heritage & Education Centre collections have been used for a myriad of projects over the years. Our team have provided guidance and research on a wide range of subjects all helping to engage new audiences with our materials and the Lloyd's Register story. 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 with 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.

Maritime Science and Technology: Changing our World , Nigel Watson (London, 2015)

Lloyd’s Register 250 years of service, Nigel Watson (London, 2010) 

Research case studies

These have included research for television programmes, lectures, exhibitions, books, paper and more - including: 

Television programmes

My Famous Family - Lloyd's Register Surveyor Thomas Lawrence, whose great-grandson was T E Lawrence, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia

Thames Shipwrecks: A Race Against Tim

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


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

Paper by Douglas Sobey - ‘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’  

'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

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.

Sailors on the Rocks: Famous Royal Navy Shipwrecks, Peter C Smith (Pen & Sword, 2015)
Guiness World Records, 2015
The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea, Nicolette Jones (Abacus, 2013)
Article by Ian Buxton, Roy Fenton, Hugh Murphy - 'Measuring Britain's Merchant Shipbuilding Output in the Twentieth Century', Mariners Mirror (2015)



Over the years our team's research has helped a plethora of people 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, plus the odd pub quiz enthusiast. Just to name a few!