May 2019

Friday, May 31 2019

May 2019

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The Heritage & Education Centre team have been very busy this month planning for our upcoming exhibition and events! 

From Coffee to Seaweed 

As the month of June fast approaches, the Heritage & Education Centre are pleased to announce the upcoming installation of our latest exhibition From Coffee to Seaweed: Engineering a safer world since 1760!
Through unique objects and stories this exhibition explores the work of Lloyd’s Register from the world’s first marine classification society in 1760, to today, a globally renowned institution active across marine, energy, transportation and food safety. Come and see how heritage and innovation go hand in hand with historic plans and records for the WWII cargo carrier Thistlegorm are being made freely accessible right now, and how the successful use of seaweed might just save the world.
Looking at how far we have come, how much we have changed, and what’s next; this exhibition highlights the one word has been at the heart of our work since 1760, safety.
The exhibition will be open to the public every Wednesday from the 12 June. To sign up, click here


20th June - From Coffee to Seaweed: Meet the curators 

To celebrate the launch of our new exhibition, Education and Outreach Coordinator Charlotte Ward and Archivist Max Wilson will be delivering a lecture on the objects and stories, providing a more in depth look at Lloyd’s Register’s unique history and the work of the Foundation. The evening will conclude with a curator led tour of the exhibition for attendees.

25th July - From Cutty Sark to now 

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre is pleased to welcome Laura Boon, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Public Curator of Contemporary Maritime at the National Maritime Museum, to 71 Fenchurch Street as our guest lecturer!

This lecture will explore the importance and subsequent decline of sail ships and how technology being used in shipping today is seeking to once again harness the power of wind to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Open House 

We are once again taking part in Open House London!

Open House celebrates the history, heritage and architecture of London by opening buildings that are not normally open to the public. 

Join us at 71 Fenchurch Street on the 21st September to explore Thomas Collcutt's beautiful Italian inspired building, meet some of the colourful characters from our history and learn more about Lloyd's Register's story in our new exhibition. 

For more information visit our website

Heritage Open Days 

For the first time, the Heritage & Education Centre is taking part in Heritage Open Days!

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. This year they are celebrating 25 years and we're excited to be a part of this incredible event. 

We will be opening the doors to our historic Collcutt building on the 16th and 17th September. Inside you will be able to delve into some of the stories from our archive, meet Collcutt as he tells you about the inspiration behind the building and try your hand at being a surveyor with our new VR game.

This event is entirely FREE but tickets are required.

For more information and to book visit our website.

Call for applications 

Our Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) are encouraging ideas that use our digital resources. You could create interactive media to present our heritage data in exciting ways or develop data analytic and linguistic tools. From genealogy, maps and visual media to ship and yacht building, trade routes and safety at sea – we want people worldwide to search and interrogate the rich content of the archive in new ways.

For more information and to apply, visit our website

Interesting Enquiry 

This month saw the 7th anniversary of World Whisky Day. Getting into the spirit (pun intended) of the day we took to the archive; what emerged were records for the S.S. Politician, the inspiration for Compton Mackenzie’s classic 1947 novel ‘Whisky Galore.’
Originally launched in 1922 as London Merchant, she was an 8,000 ton cargo carrier, measuring around 450 feet in length, becoming the Politician in 1935 with a change of ownership. On 5th February 1941, having left Liverpool two days prior, bound for Kingston, Jamaica and New Orleans, she became caught up in a gale, eventually becoming stranded off the sandbanks around the Isle of Eriskay. All her crew were rescued and looked after for some time by the islanders. It soon became known that amongst an assorted cargo of furniture, biscuits, art silks, car machinery, and Jamaican banknotes the Politician was carrying an impressive cargo of 28,000 cases of whisky!
With wartime whisky supplies running low in the islands, the locals organised night-time salvage attempts by dinghy before the Customs and Excise officials could arrive. Dressed in women’s frocks (to avoid tell-tale oil stains), islanders from all over the outer Hebrides salvaged over 24,000 bottles. Turning the villages upside down (with little success), the Customs and Excise office were given permission to blow up the wreck using dynamite. To this day, empty bottles are still found buried and hidden across the surrounding islands