December 2017

Friday, December 29 2017

December 2017

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

Our final newsletter of 2017 features news on the LRF Heritage & Education Centre's (HEC) new call for applications, a final Undaunted update for the year and also a retrospective look at 2017.

Opening Access to the Heritage & Education Centre

Last week, the Centre launched its first call for applications on Opening Access to the Heritage & Education Centre. Funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, the call will look to fund between 3-6 small scale research projects over 3-6 months using HEC’s collections. The research projects have to fit in with the research priorities from the research plan: 

    1. Development of ship and yacht building since the 1800s

    2. Impact of maritime sector on world trade and trade routes

    3. Safety at sea

    4. Depiction of maritime technology in art

Applications are due in by 5 January.

Further information, as well as how to apply can be read here.

Undaunted update

The Project Undaunted team have come across some very interesting documents throughout the course of 2017.

Whether it's intricate correspondence letterheads, surveyor's drawings, newspaper clippings or photographs - the sheer diversity of plans and documents is incredible.

As we say goodbye to 2017, the team have all but completed the North East port boxes and are currently cataloguing the Canadian ports of Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Make sure to head on over to our new 2017: A year in review webpage to see what the PU team got up to over the past year!

2017: A year in review

With 2017 drawing to a close, the Centre has produced a timeline capturing the significant activities and projects of HEC throughout the past year.

2017 saw the Centre secure an international exhibition at Rotterdam Maritime Museum, successfully move the archive and organise a record-breaking Open House London event.

The team are looking forward to surpassing these achievements in 2018 and ensuring that the Centre becomes a global resource for all.

Onwards and upwards!

Interesting enquiries

HEC's Information Advisor, Anne Cowne receives historical enquiries from the public every day.

In early December, Anne discovered the rather peculiar story of the engine of Fylgia after receiving an enquiry via the website contact form. The iron screw steamer, built by Mounsey & Foster in Sunderland was completed in 1879.

In 1884, Fylgia was wrecked off of Percé, Canada. Remarkably, the engine was salvaged from the wreck and installed on the salvage tug Napoleon III.

The tug remained in service until 1890, when she was lost in a storm off Nova Scotia.

Having already been salvaged from one wreck, the engine was once again recovered and was later sold at Halifax for an undisclosed purpose. Who knows, maybe the engine is still being used to this day!

Unknown treasures

The Centre's extensive library holds almost 60,000 books and covers a plethora of subjects.

But do you know what the oldest book in the library is?

Not a clue? The answer is William Camden's The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, Late Queen of England which was published in 1688!

The book covers Britain's domestic and foreign policy under Queen Elizabeth I's reign.

Take a look at the book here!

Reference library holiday closure

As the Centre is closed during the holidays, please note that 71 Fenchurch Street's reference library will be closed from Friday 22 December until Tuesday 2 January.

Happy Holidays!

The Heritage & Education Centre team would like to wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year! 2018 is sure to be an even busier year for the Centre, as we continue to reach new audiences and further public education in marine and engineering science and history.

Did you know?

Opened in 1956, Calder Hall was the first nuclear power station to be inspected by Lloyd's Register. It was the first full scale nuclear power plant in operation in the world.

LR also tested the integrity of pressure vessels, heat exchangers and containment buildings for the atomic energy and weapons research establishments at Harwell, Aldermaston and Dounreay.