June 2017

Friday, June 30 2017

June 2017

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's (HEC) monthly newsletter includes new items on Project Undaunted, new research on John Marshall, and information about the Centre's annual university visits

Undaunted update

Another month, another Project Undaunted update! 

The Centre welcomed two new starters to the team - Wayne Fortune and Max Wilson. The Archives & Collections Assistants are helping to catalogue the ship plan and survey report collection and are a welcome addition to the team.

More hands certainly make for light work, as the team have now catalogued over 21,812 documents!

To stay up to date with everything Project Undaunted, search #ProjectUndaunted.

Guildhall Library talk

In early June, HEC Deputy Manager, Louise Sanger, gave a talk at the Guildhall Library about the fascinating material found while cataloguing documents at the Centre's archive.

Titled Exciting finds from the Lloyd's Register Foundation ship plan and survey report collection, the event was free to attend and offered the audience an insight into the diverse items the Centre holds.

If you missed out on Louise's talk, don't worry! On Thursday 24 August, Victoria Culkin, the Head of the Heritage & Education Centre, will be giving a talk on LR Surveyor Charles Jordan's Map of the Thames.

To register for the FREE event, please visit the eventbrite webpage.

We hope to see you there! 

MLAG Update

The Centre was represented at the second Museum Library and Archivists Group (MLAG) meeting of 2017, which was held at Tate Britain.

The group promotes collaboration between both local and national institutions across the UK, sharing expertise and improving promotion.

June's meeting was attended by representatives from 12 institutions, including the British Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Science Museum.

To find out more about MLAG, you can visit the group's WordPress blog here.

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, to mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), Anne was contacted by a member of the Women's Engineering Society.

After much correspondence, the Centre was informed that the daughter of LR surveyor Robert Rowntree, Dorothy Rowntree, was the first female to obtain a degree in naval architecture at the University of Glasgow - a feat she achieved in April 1926.

116 years of history, two buildings, one site...

Open House London 2017 is less than eight weeks away!

This year's event marks the 25th anniversary of Open House and is sure to be a hit. 71 Fenchurch Street will be open on Saturday 16 September - for one day only, so make sure you don't miss out!

With over 800 buildings and projects taking part in this year's event, the team hope to welcome as many visitors as possible to both of our incredible buildings.

Information about the Centre's participation in the event can be found here.

HEC at conferences

Over the coming months, members of the HEC team will be attending a number of conferences, including the UK Maritime Heritage Forum 2017 in Hull and XIIth North Sea History Conference in Antwerp.

The HEC team hope to diversify the institutions it collaborates with and is looking forward to furthering public awareness of the Centre.

Find out more about the conferences below:

UK Maritime Heritage Forum 2017

XIIth North Sea History Conference

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 features Archives & Collections Assistant, Max Wilson. 

As a relatively new addition to the LRF Heritage and Education Centre team it is difficult not to be distracted by the beautiful and unique artefacts I am surrounded by at 71 Fenchurch Street. With this in mind, picking just one object as my favourite has been an agonising decision. My choice? A treasure that stands roughly 20cm high with a length of 50 cm in the hearth of the Collcutt building’s old boardroom: a George II brass signal cannon.

To read Max's extended post, visit his blog on the HEC website.

Did you know?

On 23 June 1870, Sir Joseph Isherwood was born in Hartlepool. Prior to joining Lloyd's Register as a Surveyor in 1896, Isherwood worked for Furness, Withy & Co, a West Hartlepool shipbuilder.

Isherwood was famous for inventing a new form of longitudinal framing, which revolutionised the construction of a number of ship types, including tankers. By January of 1914, the 'Isherwood System' had been implemented by 276 ships. By the time of his death in 1937, this figure had risen to over 2,500.

In 1907, only a year after patenting his system, he left LR after 11 years of service. He was welcomed back to LR as a member of the Technical Committee for many years.

Post Lloyd's Register, Isherwood designed Paul Paix, a 4,196 ton oil tanker and Gascony, a 3,133 ton cargo steamer. Both ships were built by Teesside shipbuilder R.Craggs & Sons.

Isherwood also developed the 'Arcform' hull, which in cross-section resembled a barrel and claimed to offer better capacity and lower fuel consumption compared to conventional hull types of the period.

Such was Isherwood's impact on the shipbuilding world, that his eulogy remarked:

When God intended that we should ultimately harness Jupiter and utilize the unseen forces of the ether for the benefit of mankind, He created Benjamin Franklin. When He intended that the peoples of the earth should come in closer communication with one another He created Morse and Alexander Graham Bell; and when it became His will that a greater safeguard be thrown about the lives of human beings on board ships at sea, he created Joseph William Isherwood. - The History of North East Shipbuilding, David Dougan (1968).