Using our collections for research

All you need to know to help get started

The Heritage & Education Centre have a wide range of material from Register Books and ship survey reports, to maps, artwork, surveyors’ equipment and letter books. You can access our collections for free, either online or in person by visiting our library and archive at 71 Fenchurch Street. 

If using our materials and data please adhere to our Terms of Use and Licencing policies, which include individual research and commercial research terms. 

Although the collection was formed during the development and evolution of ship classification, it can be used for a diverse range of research projects. See our current call for applications for some ideas. 

Register of Ships

A central part of the collection is the Lloyd’s Register of Ships, an invaluable tool for checking vessel histories and registered ownership details, tracing ship builders, yard numbers, technical changes and more. The earliest surviving edition is from 1764. Find out more and view the online collection of the Register Book here.  

Archive Collections

As well as the ship plan and survey report collection, we also have a corporate archive which is held at 71 Fenchurch Street. The Aim25 website outlines our corporate archival holdings in detail. In spring 2020 we will be enhancing our dedicated HEC webpage describing our archive collections, providing an online catalogue, online scans of some of the digitised material, and details of future physical archive access options.  


The HEC team are in the process of producing example data sets from the collections to inspire your research projects. Watch this space.