May 2018

Thursday, May 31 2018

May 2018

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

This month the Heritage & Education team have been planning several exciting events including a series of summer lectures and Open House. We also have an update from Project Undaunted and an enquiry relating to the evacuation of Dunkirk.


Open House 


After the success of last year, the Heritage Education Centre team will once again be opening our doors for Open House on the 22 September! The citywide event allows for the public to explore fascinating buildings that are often closed.   

For more information and to book your ticket, follow the link.  

Follow us on twitter or facebook to keep up to date with this event and other exciting announcements!


Evening Lectures 


This summer, the LRF Heritage and Education Centre are holding a series of FREE lectures that delve deeper into the story and history of the Lloyd's Register. These talks form part of a new programme of events to get more people engaged with our archive and collections and help fulfil our mission to advance education for the benefit of society. 

19 June 2018  An evening with Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) - Uncovering 71 Fenchurch Street  

Delivered by MOLA; learn more about the excavation carried out at 71 Fenchurch Street before the construction of the Richard Rogers building.  

26 July 2018 Lloyd's Register and the First World War 

The HEC team will be exploring the lives and stories of the men commemorated on our memorial as well as the role Lloyd’s Register played in the war.

23 August 2018 Lloyd's Register Cricket Club  

The Cricket Club engendered great pride and loyalty among the staff of Lloyd’s Register. Using the wealth of material in our archives, this lecture will explore the history of the LR Cricket Club from the people who played to the club’s wider achievements.  

Follow our social media pages for more information! 


LRF International Conference 2018


This month the HEC team attended the LRF International Conference that was held at the IET on the 9 and 10 May. The two days provided us with a fascinating insight into the work and projects that the Foundation supports across the world. We were also able to network and show off the work the HEC team have undertaken over the past year. 

To watch highlights from the conference, click here

We were also lucky enough to have Ben Cartledge and Beverly Smith from the 1851 Trust close the conference by telling us about their upcoming #NextGeneration roadshow. 

The 1851 Trust are using our plans and blueprints of America's Cup yachts from the 1920s and 30s to teach students about the STEM challenges that come with designing and building yachts. It was great to hear about how our materials are being used to inspire the #NextGeneration.  

To watch the presentation, click here.


Interesting Enquiries 


This month, Anne had an enquiry regarding the small motor yacht Nomad (ex Modwena) and Anne was reminded of Nomad's sister ship L’Orage  (ex Surrey). 

The two vessels were built by Boats & Cars (Kingston) Ltd, Kingston-on-Thames in 1937 and 1938 respectively. The Nomad had fallen into a sorry state by the early 1960s, but when the writer and BBC broadcaster Raymond Baxter saw her for sale he instantly fell in love with her. After a survey of her he sadly had to walk away from any deal as she was not in good condition. Weeks later, while driving past a small boatyard near Staines Bridge, on his way home, Baxter thought he saw her again, and she was in a good condition. He visited the yard and discovered that it was actually her sister ship, L’Orage, which had been well maintained by her owner. Within a few weeks of the chance find, he was the new owner of L’Orage. Stanley Timms of the boatyard, also pointed out that as the Surrey this little ship had been one of the many ‘Little Ships’ taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. 

Neither vessel was classed by Lloyd’s Register, they simply appear in the Register of Yachts. Raymond Baxter and his 13 year old son spent the summer of 1964 getting to know their new yacht. In August of that year they were flying to the Continent for their family holiday and looking down on the French−Belgian border, east of Dunkirk, Baxter pointed to the beaches below as being where the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force had taken place in 1940. His son then pointed out that in 1965 it would be 25 years since that dramatic event. Why not have a commemorative return trip on the L’Orage  with some other small vessels that had also taken part? Baxter thought this a good idea and began The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships. There are some photos of her taken during the time of Mr Baxter’s ownership in a book called The Little Ships of Dunkirk by Christian Brann which can be viewed in the Heritage & Education Centre Library at 71 Fenchurch Street. 


HEC have joined Instagram!


We launched our new Instagram page this month with the aim of sharing more images of our history and archive.  

You can follow us @lrf_heritage_education_centre 

Share photos of your visit to the Heritage and Education Centre and tag us!


Undaunted Update 


This month the Project Undaunted team have been in the thick of it testing and troubleshooting the new Catalogue system currently under development. Once up and running this system will improve the ease with which we are able to catalogue the contents of the Foundation’s expansive Plans and Survey Reports archive.  

Earlier on in the month Max found an interesting survey report from 1864 for the iron sailing ship Knight Commander. She was built to a tonnage of 1435; the first large iron ship built and launched at the port of Dublin. Contemporary accounts claim that the event was attended by up to 20,000 people.   

Since our last newsletter we have also bade a sad farewell to our colleague Wayne, and wish him well in his new job at the Lambeth Palace Archive & Library


Did You Know?


This year, LR is celebrating 150 years in the Netherlands! During the Second World War, LR offices across Europe found themselves in a difficult situation as they were cut off from London and were regarded with suspicion by Germany.   

In May 1940, the offices in Rotterdam were destroyed by bombing raids.   

Though many members of staff were either away fighting, had gone into hiding or had been arrested the society's work was kept going by two local surveyors, Johan Schoo and Leendart Vuijk as well as the Holland Committee. However, their work was coming under increasing suspicion from Germany who believed that they were sending information back to Britain.  In 1943, the Germans ordered the closure of the society's operations in Holland. However, Dutch staff found a way to keep their work going under a different name until 1944 when worsening conditions made their work almost impossible. After the war, the Lloyd's Register presence in the Netherlands was quickly re-established.