Supporting Research

A few things our research has supported

The Heritage & Education Centre collections have been used for a myriad of projects over the years. Our team have provided guidance and research on a wide range of subjects all helping to engage new audiences with our materials and the Lloyd's Register story. Here are just a few of them. 

If you have an idea or need help with an existing research project please do get in touch with or visit our Archive & Library resource pages. 


Recent HEC publications

Much of the history of Lloyd’s Register has been captured in our own publications. The most recent were supported by detailed research from our HEC team, and through the support and guidance of other colleagues around the world.

Maritime Science and Technology: Changing our World, by Nigel Watson (London, 2015).

Lloyd’s Register 250 years of service, by Nigel Watson (London, 2010).

Research case studies

These have included research for television programmes, lectures, exhibitions, books, paper and more - including: 

Television programmes

My Famous Family – Lloyd's Register Surveyor Thomas Lawrence, whose great-grandson was T. E. Lawrence, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia.

Thames Shipwrecks: A Race Against Time (BBC Two)

Restoration Home (BBC Two) – the espisode features a grand Victorian house on Hull's Coltman Street that once belonged to Christopher Pickering (Pickering and Haldane's Steam Trawling Co.Ltd.).


Australia National Maritime Museum (ANMM) – objects showcasing the history of Lloyd’s Register in a celebration of 250 years of involvement in maritime standards and assessment.

Rotterdam Maritime Museum – Waterproof: Safety at Sea.

Books & papers

The Lloyd's Register Archive: an appraisal, by David J. Starkey, Martin Wilcox, Peter Phillipson, Sam Wright, and Luca Rapisarda, first published in the International Journal of Maritime History (SAGE Journals, 2023). This research note stems from an assessment of the archival collections at Lloyd's Register Foundation to inform researchers about the quality and extent of materials available for consultation.

Encyclopedia of Marine & Offshore Engineering, edited by John Carlton, Paul Jukes, and Choo Yoo Sang (John Wiley & Sons, 2017), with an introduction written by HEC's Curator of Maritime History & Heritage - Barbara Jones. This 340 chapter, six volume publication is a major reference work embracing all of the disciplines of engineering and naval architecture. 

Asleep in the deep: The story of the rise and fall of the Bennett Steamship Company, by Diane Brian (Rainbow Publishing, 2012).

60 Épeves en vendee et Charente-maritime, by Herve Marsaud and Pascal Henaff (Éditions GAP, 2011).

Die Themse-Schiffhart des London County Council (L.C.C.) und die Schicksale senier 30 Raddampfer, by Jürg Meister.

Shipbuilding and the forests of Prince Edward Island; an analysis of the types and amounts of wood used in island ships – based on surveyor’s reports of the Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping, article by Douglas Sobey.

The evolution of new combinations: Drivers of British maritime engineering competitiveness during the nineteenth century, PhD Thesis by Sandro Mendonça (University of Sussex, 2012).

The history of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention – research for an article.

Maersk Line History – extensive research on container shipping.

London Hidden Interiors, by Philip Davies (Atlantic Publishing, 2012) – HEC provided access to and research on the historic Collcutt building at 71 Fenchurch Street. The book conveys the richness and diversity of London's architectural heritage to a global audience.

Sailors on the Rocks: Famous Royal Navy Shipwrecks, by Peter C. Smith (Pen & Sword, 2015).
The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea, by Nicolette Jones (Abacus, 2013).
Measuring Britain's Merchant Shipbuilding Output in the Twentieth Century, article by Ian Buxton, Roy Fenton, Hugh Murphy (Mariners Mirror, 2015).


Over the years our team's research has helped a plethora of people from academics, archivists, art researchers, historians, genealogists, librarians and museum curators, through to statisticians, technical staff, naval architects, engineers, solicitors, yacht renovators, security services, government departments and key Lloyd's Register clients around the world, plus the odd pub quiz enthusiast. Just to name a few!