October 2016

Monday, October 31 2016

October 2016

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

Welcome to this first newsletter from the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC). October proved to be another busy month for the HEC team, with the cataloguing of our 59,000 item library now completed and presentations at conferences in Jersey and London.

Undaunted Update

Project Undaunted aims to catalogue, conserve and digitise 10% of one of HEC's unique archival collections and make it available on the HEC website. In preparation for the challenge ahead, an additional cataloguer has joined the project team, Miles Deverson, as well as the project conservator, Nicole Monjeau and initial stages of cataloguing and conservation have begun.

To follow the project's progress, discoveries and insights from the team, visit our blog.

HEC needs you!

Research Specialist & Digital Content Manager Sean Clemenson has been researching the 15 members of staff that are named in Lloyd's Register's First World War Memorial (pictured above).

The project hopes to uncover further information from the public through crowdsourcing and will be launched in the coming weeks.

To find out when, follow us on social media using the links below.

IET Conference

HEC's Victoria Culkin and Charlotte Willett gave a presentation on the Heritage & Education Centre's future plans and our ambitious digitisation project and how it will open access to maritime history.

The conference, held at the prestigious IET Savoy London, was attended by 270 people and discussed initiatives that are bringing safety to life.

Read all about the conference in the Foundation's press release.

Interesting enquiries:

HEC's Information Advisor, Anne Cowne receives historical ship enquiries from the public every day. This month, an enquirer was looking for any information on the Jeannette Skinner, a cargo ship that was in active service during both World Wars. Built in 1917 by Skinner & Eddy Corp. Jeannette Skinner was in active service from 1917 until August 1945 when it was scrapped in Baltimore, USA.

The enquiry was of particular interest as the enquirer was in fact named after the ship!

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

UK Maritime Heritage Forum 2016: 

Members of the HEC team attended the UK Maritime Heritage Forum 2016  in Jersey and delivered a paper on 'Lloyd's Register and Jersey: putting digitisation to work'. The paper, presented findings from the first 600 reports in the Jersey port box in our archive and demonstrated how our archive material can be used.

To find out more about the UK Maritime Heritage Forum, visit the conference's webpage.

Proctor Lecture: 

The annual British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH) Proctor Lecture celebrates David Proctor's great contribution to maritime history (both in Britain and internationally). The distinguished scholars who present each year alternate between home and overseas lecturers.  On 17 November 2016, Christine Riding from the National Maritime Museum will be speaking on 'The Armada Portrait: Manifesto for a Maritime Empire?'. 

For more information on the event, including the lecture's start time and address, please visit the Proctor Lecture 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, Curator of Maritime History & Heritage, Barbara Jones' pick.

We have many interesting and unusual things in the HEC Archive but for me the clear favourites are the two very large, leather bound volumes presented to Bernard Waymouth, then Secretary of LR, in 1884, by the staff in thanks for him setting up the Society’s first Pension Fund. 

The first volume contains the photographs and signatures of more than 130 exclusive surveyors and clerks employed at that time. It also contains six pages of original pen and ink drawings of ships and river scenes by Assistant to the Chief Surveyor, Harry Cornish, who became Chief Ship Surveyor in 1900. The second volume is entirely made up of Cornish’s artwork. There are 36 pages depicting the 46 outports where LR was then based, ranging from London to Prince Edward Island, each page signed by the outport’s surveyors. Each place is depicted by its coat of arms, drawn and embellished by Cornish with references to LR’s work and the sea such as sailing ships and steamers, ships under construction, mermaids, sea sirens, fish, seaweed, shells and seagulls. 

Through contact with Harry Cornish’s descendants we know that Harry carried a notebook with him everywhere, and doodled in every spare moment.  The notebooks reveal his first drafts for some of the artistic embellishments found in the presentation volumes such as the lions that appear on the page for Barrow, Belfast and Rotterdam.

To read Barbara's extended article, please click here.

Did You Know?

That last year the Heritage & Education Centre received over 16,000 enquiries from the public!

If you have an enquiry about an historical ship, please visit us. For researchers who are unable to visit us in person, we also offer an historical research service.