Case Studies

1851 Trust

Digital learning resources and Next Generation Sailing Roadshows.

Grant awarded: £141,000

Timeframe: 2019-2021


Project overview

Utilising and further developing the 1851 Trust’s online education platform, STEM Crew, and Next Generation Roadshows to widen international access and use of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre collections. From 2019-21, Roadshows and STEM Crew will give 11-14 year olds from across the UK the opportunity to interact with HEC archive material. This will help to inspire the next generation through interactive, curriculum-linked and relevant workshops and online resources that illustrate the links between archives, engineering innovation and contemporary global issues.


The impact of this project will be an internationally enhanced understanding by young people in historical and contemporary marine engineering and technology issues and widened use and knowledge of HEC archive resources. This will have the added benefit of inspiring interest within the next generation of maritime careers as well as promoting interest in archives. The Roadshows and online teaching resources will also lead to improved educational outcomes globally. Through being accessible to all, the 1851 Trust inspire more young people to imagine an exciting future in technology and engineering. Their activities create an environment where young people can engage with science and engineering outside a traditional learning space.

The 1851 Trust will also support and help to raise the profile of the HEC archive materials and their educational relevance by creating a new digital resource each year which illustrate a different HEC archive story that links to contemporary issues. In this way the project will help to exponentially increase the number of people using HEC collections, both physically and digitally.

Project progress

From Plymouth and Cardiff, to Leeds, Liverpool and Loughborough, this years’ 1851 Trust summer roadshows have opened another generation of young people’s eyes to exciting new opportunities. Using the inspiration of Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup Challenge, INEOS TEAM UK, school students from deprived areas enjoyed hands-on STEM challenges and investigations, researched hull shapes using yacht plans from the HEC archive and designed and their own wind turbines and micro race boats. Each student then took to the water experiencing sailing for themselves and really bringing the science to life.

See this short film to find out more about the roadshows.