November 2016

Wednesday, November 30 2016

November 2016

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

November was yet another busy month for the Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) team, with the hosting of the annual BCMH Proctor Lecture and the launch of our new First World War crowd sourcing project, 'HEC needs you!'.

Undaunted Update

Project Undaunted aims to catalogue, conserve and digitise 10% of one of HEC's unique archival collections and make it available online. Cataloguing has been started by the team and already exciting new discoveries are being made, which will feature in forthcoming blogs! Our conservator, Nicole, has also started surveying the collection so that she can plan how to tackle any documents in need of conservation.

To follow the project's progress, read our brand new blog!

HEC needs you!

Our brand new First World War crowd sourcing project - 'HEC needs you!' was launched on Armistice Day.

The project aims to discover any personal information about the 15 members of staff named in our First World War Memorial at Fenchurch Street.

So far, the interest has been overwhelming, with the project being viewed more than 1,700 times across 25 countries.

To find out more about HEC needs you!, please click here.

University Visits

As part of our mission to enhance public understanding in marine and engineering science and history, HEC hosts a number of university visits.

These visits offer educational lectures and explain the activities of the Lloyd's Register Foundation, helping to inspire the next generation of industry experts.

Last month, the team hosted 39 students from the University of Ghent and the New York University in London.

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne answered an interesting enquiry for the Margaret River & Districts Historical Society of Australia, who are putting together a 140th anniversary display about the loss of the cargo steamer Georgette.

The story of the Georgette was made famous for the heroic actions of an Aboriginal stockman and a teenage girl who spent four hours rescuing survivors from the wreck. 

If you have an historical ship enquiry, please fill out our form.

Conferences and lectures 

Members of the HEC team attended the National Maritime Museum's conference on UK Maritime Archives.

The conference discussed issues concerning maritime archives today from promotion to collaboration and the conservation of archived material.

The Heritage & Education Centre also held the annual BCMH Proctor Lecture. Christine Riding from the National Maritime Museum presented on 'The Armada Portrait: Manifesto for a Maritime Empire?'. Her paper, vividly illustrated with artwork from the time, was well received by the full-capacity audience of 70 academics.

Reference library during Christmas: 

Please note, that the library will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from 4pm on Friday 23 December until Tuesday 3 January 2017.

For more details on our library catalogue, opening times and contact details, please visit our reference library webpage.

These are few of our favourite things...

The Heritage & Education Centre team use the historic library and archive at Fenchurch Street every day. But what are their favourite treasures? This month's edition features, the Head of the Heritage & Education Centre, Victoria Culkin.

My favourite thing in HEC is a person, Rex Beaumont Shepheard, CBE, BSc. He absconded from Hamburg in tennis gear and plimsolls, along with his fellow surveyor Freddy Cocks, just weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War. 

To read Victoria's extended post on Shepheard's fascinating career, click here.

Did You Know?

LR Chairman Sir Ronald Garrett (1888-1972) held office from 1946 to 1957. His decision to devote himself to the post full-time helped him to become the strongest Chairman since Thomas Chapman. His considerable experience in shipping embraced a long career with the Orient Line, a seat on the board of the Port of London Authority and chairing both the London General Shipowners' Society and the National Dock Labour corporation, for which he was knighted.

Garrett was deeply involved in re-establishing Lloyd's Register around the world after the war, travelling extensively to meet staff and clients.