March 2019

Friday, March 29 2019

March 2019

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

It's been an exciting month for the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre! We had a visit from the University of Portsmouth, welcomed three new members of staff and celebrated the achievements of one of our colleagues!

100 Freedoms, 100 Women

The Heritage & Education Centre is excited to announce that Barbara Jones, Curator of Maritime History & Heritage, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

More than 100 women were nominated to receive the Freedom of the City of London, to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. The Court of Common Council approved the Freedoms on Thursday 7th March 2019 ahead of International Women's Day. The women are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, but all have a connection to the City and show the extraordinarily wide breadth of careers, knowledge, experience and talent among the women of the City of London.

With over four decades worth of expertise, Barbara has been a constant source of information and consultation for the Lloyd's Register Foundation and Lloyd's Register Group. The Heritage & Education Centre team would like to pass on our congratulations to Barbara.

To read more about Barbara's work and award, click here

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Public Curator: Contemporary Maritime at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Laura Boon has recently joined the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, as the Public Curator: Contemporary Maritime. This new role, funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, is part of a renewed focus by the museum on contemporary issues.
In this role Laura will be connecting the historical collections of both organisations with contemporary issues, from trade to migration to technology to environmental. Laura has a strong focus on exploring new ways for the museum to work and how the museum can be a platform for discussions. In exploring contemporary issues, capturing people’s lived experiences and the impact on people will be at the core of projects. Laura is also keen to explore community-led projects and is planning to pilot a project with a fishing community shortly.
Laura will be giving a talk, as part of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation summer lecture series, on the resurgence of wind-powered ships. To sign up for this lecture, click here.

University of Portsmouth Visit

This month we welcome MA Naval History students from the University of Portsmouth to the Centre for a tour of the historic building, a talk on the Society's history and an exploration of objects and documents from our archive. Many of the students are working on their dissertations, and were shown how our archive could be used to help them with their research. 

Course leader Karl Bell said of the trip -

'I just wanted to thank you and your colleagues for providing us with a fascinating tour of Lloyd's yesterday. The talk, tour, and then the hands-on exploration of archival material really engaged our students (and tutors). It is a wonderful building, and you gave us a real insight into the archive's wealth of material. I could see a lot of attendees thinking about how they might want to draw upon such resources in the future.  
I've received some very positive feedback from a number of students. These educational enrichment trips are very important to our distance learning students and I really appreciate the opportunities provided by the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre.
Also, it is great to see one of our students has been able to secure a post in such an interesting archive and organisation too - well done!'

Education and Outreach Coordinator Charlotte Ward had undertaken her MA in Naval History at the University of Portsmouth and so was able to give out hints and tips for completing the course.

If you would like to arrange an educational visit to the LRF Heritage & Education Centre, visit our website to find out more.

Easter Closures

Please note that the Heritage & Education Centre will be closed from the 19 - 22 April 2019 for the Easter Weekend. 

We will reopen on the 23 April at 9.30am. 

Book of the Month 

With March being the month of Mothering Sunday HEC’s Archivist, Max Wilson, came across one particularly interesting book in our library collection at 71 Fenchurch Street; Dearest Mother: The Letters of F. R. Kendall, ed. Brian MacDonald.

Whilst working for P&O in the 1960s, the editor Brian MacDonald discovered 78 letters written between 1858 and 1866 between a P&O Assistant and his mother. Reading through this material he was inspired to edit this personal correspondence, publishing Dearest Mother in 1988.

In 1856 Frederick Richardson Kendall followed his father into the Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. Two years later, Kendall was sent to Bombay; the start of a long overseas career that took him to Singapore, Hong Kong, Calcutta, and Melbourne. Written in his spare time to his mother, the letters offer humorous insights into day to day life, such as playing cricket on deck, and eating ‘three of four’ mangoes a day. Set against the backdrop of the search for Sir John Franklin in the Arctic, the American Civil War, and the great changes in commerce, engineering and politics across the world, the book offers a unique first-hand account of Victorian life at sea.  

You can now browse our library catalogue online by visiting our website