February 2017

Tuesday, February 28 2017

February 2017

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

The fifth edition of the Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) monthly newsletter sees the announcement of the Centre's participation in Open House London, as well as updates for Undaunted and our Past Chairmen project.

Open House London 2017

The LRF Heritage & Education Centre is pleased to announce that Lloyd's Register's building at 71 Fenchurch Street will be open as part of Open House London 2017.

Both the Rogers and Collcutt buildings will be open to the public on Saturday 16 September. Visitors can see the General Committee room, Old Library, Central Atrium and Courtyard.

Over the coming months, we will be posting updates about the event, so make sure to follow us on Twitter & Facebook for all the details.

You can find out more about the event on the Open House London website here.

Past chairmen

The team have continued to work on the Past Chairmen project - which tells the story of the 21 Chairmen of Lloyd's Register (LR).

Dating from 1797 until the present day, each Chairman has been given a unique online profile covering their activities as Chairman of the Society.

Original paintings and an interactive timeline will also be made available for the project, which will be launched very soon.

Post-launch, the information will be updated regularly, as we continue to further research each Chairman.

Lists of Surveyors

The historic Lists of Surveyors is now available on our website. The lists contain the names of surveyors of LR and the ports to which they were appointed. These were either exclusive or non-exclusive appointments. Dating back from 1834 until 1972, the lists show the rapid expansion of LR in response to demand for its classification services as the British Merchant Marine and the fleets of other nations thrived on a global stage. The period also covers the transition from sail to steam. To help bring this resource to life, Louise Sanger, has written a blog which can be read below!

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne received an enquiry from the daughter of a former surveyor that worked for LR, asking for any information about him.

Using archived copies of the LR staff magazines, Anne was able to provide a career record for the surveyor, as well as copies of articles that he was featured in.

Do you have an enquiry? Then contact us!

Undaunted update

February has seen a further herculean effort by the Project Undaunted team, having now catalogued over 13,000 documents!

Our conservator, Nicole, has also begun remedial conservation, removing yellowing tape and cleaning the surface of dirty documents to ensure they are legible for imaging.

We will be sharing interesting finds on the project blog.


Throughout February, the Centre hosted a number of educational groups including the Bromley Evening Decorative & Fine Arts Society (BEDFAS) and the London City Guides.

Both groups were given a tour of the historic Collcutt building.

It was a pleasure hosting all of our visitors!

You can see a list of some of our visitor groups on our advancing education webpage.

These are a few of our favourite things...

The HEC team use the historic library and archive at Fenchurch Street every day. But what are their favourite treasures? This month's edition features HEC Deputy Manager, Louise Sanger.

We really are spoilt for choice with our Heritage & Education Centre collections which hold a wealth of fascinating material. Having to choose a favourite thing to share with you, a clear contender for me was the 'Lists of Surveyors' which I have used extensively over the years.

At first glance these seem to be a rather mundane list of names and places. Upon further investigation it becomes clear that these lists, published annually in the Register Book from 1834 to 1972 are in fact key to accessing a whole array of material. Not only do they show the important evolution of LR's work in different countries and in new technologies; but the office closures also hint at the challenges of providing classification services during two World Wars and throughout other times of political turmoil.

To read Louise's extended post, visit her blog on the HEC website.

Did you know?

Lloyd's Register has been working in Germany for almost 150 years! The Society's first office was opened in Hamburg in May 1871, a mere five months after Chancellor Bismarck declared the foundation of the German Empire. Despite Bureau Veritas having a virtual monopoly in the region, LR was quick to compete. An early achievement saw the Society inspect all ships built for Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft 'Kosmos'. Within five years, a second office was established in Bremerhaven, covering survey work for the River Weser district.

Throughout the 20th century, LR's activities in Germany diversified further. New offices were opened, and different streams of the business undertook work in the region, covering marine, rail, energy and management systems.

Today, Germany remains a key area for LR's European activities.