April 2018

Monday, April 30 2018

April 2018

This is a text only version of the newsletter. To view the newsletter online, click here.

This month's edition of the Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) newsletter includes an update on Project Undaunted, Heritage Open Days and the LRF International Conference.

Heritage Open Days 2018 

For the first time, the Centre will be participating in this year’s Heritage Open Days on 13 & 14 September 2018. The nationwide event will see over 5,000 heritage sites open their doors to the general public. 
The Centre have begun planning for the event, which will feature new exhibitions and workshops as well as walkthroughs of the unique historical rooms at 71 Fenchurch Street. 
In the coming weeks, further information about the event will be available on our website and social media platforms, so keep your eyes peeled!


This month we've been holding workshops to provide our visitors with the knowledge and skills to use our archives. They form part of a new programme of events to get more people engaged with our archive and collections and help fulfil our mission to advance education for the benefit of society. There are two more workshops in May! 

How to use survey reports and ship plans - 2 May 2018  

A question and answer session giving you the opportunity to ask us about our collections - 4 May 2018 

For more information and to book yourself onto a workshop, follow the links above. 

Keep an eye on our social media pages and our website for information about upcoming events including a series of evening talks!

Undaunted Update 

This month the Project Undaunted team have continued catalogued boxes of material from Bergen and Genoa, with many survey reports signed by a certain Francisco Schiaffino, the first surveyor in Genoa, who gifted the wonderful marble lions which reside in the foyer at 71 Fenchurch Street. 
Work has also been progressing on our new collection management system, which is currently undergoing rigorous testing by the team. 
We also bade farewell to our colleague Miles this month, and wish him well for the future.

Interesting Enquiries 

HEC's Information Advisor, Anne Cowne receives historical enquiries from the public every day. But did you know, Anne also fields internal enquiries from Lloyd's Register Group? 

One such enquiry, originating from Lloyd's Register's Miami office, enquired about historic plans for the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary was in service in the North Atlantic for over three decades, and is now a museum and hotel permanently docked in Long Beach, California. 

The enquiry concerned the ongoing maintenance of the ship.

If you would like help researching a ship or for any other historical enquiries, visit our website

LRF International Conference 2018 

The Heritage & Education Centre team will be present at this year’s Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s International Conference. The team will be discussing the Centre’s activities; from the development of its new website, to its upcoming exhibition at Rotterdam Maritime Museum. A selection of the Centre’s digitised First & Famous documents will also be on display. 
If you’re attending the conference, come and find us, we’d be happy to chat with you about all things HEC!

Reference Library Bank Holiday Closure 

Please note that the Centre and the reference library at 71 Fenchurch Street will be closed on Monday 7th and Monday 28th May for the Bank Holiday weekends.  

For more information about the centre's opening times and how to get in touch with us, check out our website.

Did You Know?

Just before midnight on the 14 April 1912, the RMS Titanic, struck an iceburg and sank a few hours later on the morning of the 15 April. Though around 700 people were saved, over 1500 lost their lives in one of the most devastating events in maritime history. 

This month Max Wilson, one of our Archives and Collections Assistants working on Project Undaunted, has written about the Caparthia and her heroic rescue mission. 

Just after 9 pm on 18 April 1912, the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Carpathia began her approach to Cunard Line's Pier 54, New York. She had departed from the city seven days earlier for the Mediterranean, but now returned to a storm of media frenzy as tens of thousands lined the docks.  Two tugboats filled with reporters clambered around her taking pictures and attempting to gain interviews as she made her way to the pier. Having docked, her crew began to unload 13 lifeboats plucked from the Atlantic, once belonging to the celebrated ship; RMS Titanic. Shortly after, 710 survivors from the 'unsinkable ship' disembarked and began to tell their stories of how over 1,500 people had perished in the early hours of 15 April. What also emerged was the story of the vessel that answered Titanic's distress call, that raced 58 miles and passed through dangerous ice floes to rescue the survivors and bring them safely back to land. 

To learn more, follow the link to Max's blog.