January 2017

Tuesday, January 31 2017

January 2017

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

The first monthly newsletter of 2017 showcases the team's progress on Project Undaunted and also the development of our future direction through the expert panel meetings.

Undaunted update 

The Undaunted team have been working incredibly hard throughout January and have now catalogued over 10,000 documents - that equates to 10% of the 10% we aim to digitise! Our conservator, Nicole, has also been surveying the material to create a treatment plan. She will begin remedial conservation in mid-February to give some much needed attention to the objects that need it most.

We will be sharing interesting finds on the project blog. There are also regular updates on Twitter.

Expert panel

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) holds unique material covering over 250 years of maritime history and engineering innovation.

To maximise the unique potential of HEC, we have convened two expert panels to help review its future role and structure. A number of high-profile academics and senior representatives from world-renowned institutions attended, the Royal Institution, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Wellcome Collection.

2016 in numbers

2016 proved to be a trailblazing year for the Heritage & Education Centre, with the start of Project Undaunted, the launch of HEC needs you! and the re-cataloguing of our library completed.

Here, we take a retrospective look at 2016, with some interesting figures!

  • The HEC Twitter account received 450,000 impressions in 2016.
  • The team answered over 16,000 enquiries.
  • We catalogued over 58,000 books from our libraries at 71 Fenchurch Street.
  • HEC web content reached users in over 190 countries worldwide.

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne received an enquiry about SS Benin and its proximity to the sinking of the Titanic.

According to accounts by officers on board Benin, the ship was apparently 'not very far from Titanic' but 'having no radio did not receive her distress signals and [they] were too far away to see her rockets.'

Do you have an enquiry? Then get in touch!

Unknown treasures

Our archives and offices hold a diverse range of historic material, from ship plans and survey reports to treasures from Lloyd's Register's history.

Did you know, for example, that the Collcutt building houses the Spirit of Maritime Commerce? The Frank Lynn Jenkins sculpture is made of bronze and Carrara marble and is inlaid with ruby coloured glass.

You can find out more in our building brochure, which is free to download online.

Book of the month

Today's date (15 Feb) marks 135 years since the LR-classed Dunedin began her voyage from New Zealand to London - the first time refrigerated meat was successfully transported between the two nations.

In honour of the anniversary, we are showcasing Critchell & Raymond's book A history of the Frozen Meat Trade which covers the early development of shipping and refrigeration technology.

Want to know what else we have in in our library?  Visit our library catalogue page.

Did you know?

The Heritage & Education Centre has more than 40 information sheets that are free to download on our website.

Subjects covered include shipwrecks, passenger lists and external sources for research.

You can view all of our information sheets here.