April 2017

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This month takes a retrospective look at April's updates for HEC needs you!, Open House London 2017 and Project Undaunted. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

HEC needs you! - an update

After five months, the Centre's First World War crowd sourcing project - HEC needs you! has received an overwhelming amount of information about the men listed in 71 Fenchurch Street's First World War Memorial.

The project has now reached a digital audience spanning 44 countries worldwide and is now linked with public remembrance projects, including the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War and the Royal British Legion's Every Man Remembered. Incredibly, the team has even managed to get in touch with a relative of Joseph Smith.

To read the project blog in its entirety, click here.

Open House London 2017

In February, the Centre announced that 71 Fenchurch Street would be taking part in Open House London 2017.

The Collcutt and Rogers buildings will both be open, offering a rare opportunity for the general public to see exquisite architecture, find out about Lloyd's Register's fascinating history, as well as the exciting activities of the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

In 2015, 71 Fenchurch Street was listed in third place in The Telegraph's 10 Secret Attractions for Open House London.

Further details for the event on Saturday 16 September can be found via the HEC website.

100A1 Ambassadors

The Lloyd's Register Foundation announced the launch of its Ambassador programme - 100A1.

The programme, hopes to build an international network of friends, stakeholders and beneficiaries that promote the Foundation's mission and activities.

The name of the programme reflects the history of the organisation. 100A1 was introduced as the highest classification in 1870, following a revision to Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Rules and Regulations, which laid down the standards for construction and maintenance of ships.

You can find out more about the ambassador programme by reading the event's press release.

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne received an enquiry from a ship model enthusiast that was looking for information about the brigantine Maria Serra.

After using the Centre's Register Book collection, Anne was able to inform the enquirer of the ship's tonnage and length. Furthermore, Anne put the enquirer in touch with Registro Italiano, the Italian classification Society that classed the Maria Serra.

Have you got an enquiry? Click here.

Undaunted Update

The Project Undaunted team have continued working hard at the Brass Foundry and have now catalogued over 16,300 documents!

Our resident conservator, Nicole, has also been humidifying a plan for the Balclutha. Collections and Archives Officer, Eloisa Rodrigues made a time lapse video of the process which can be watched on Twitter.

The team regularly share their progress on Twitter, so make sure you give them a follow!

Eloisa Rodrigues

Nicole Monjeau

Miles Deverson

Sarah Parsons

Test your knowledge

In August 2016, the Centre completed cataloguing 6,911 documents for Project Undaunted's pilot project - First and Famous.

The project focused on noteworthy and famous ships that Lloyd's Register classed during the 19th and 20th century. Over the course of several months, the Centre compiled a list of first and famous ships, which included the Fullagar, Mauretania and Queen Mary.

But the question is, how many ships were on the list?

A. 99

B. 133

C. 112

Think you have got it right? See below to find out the answer.

Answer - C. 112.

These are a few of our favourite things...

The HEC team use the historic library and archive at Fenchurch Street every day. But what are their favourite treasures? This month's edition features Research Specialist & HEC Digital Content Manager, Sean Clemenson.

After almost three years of working at the LRF Heritage & Education Centre, I thought it was about time I took on the gargantuan task of choosing my favourite treasure. Now I find choosing your favourite treasure is tantamount to choosing your favourite Beatles track or your favourite TV show – it changes like the weather. After weeks of deliberating, I chose Bertram Pegram’s marble frieze from 71 Fenchurch Street's General Committee room.

The frieze, made of white Carrara marble, sits above the General Committee room’s William de Morgan fireplace. The relief tells the story of shipbuilding, from a ship's design by a naval architect to its delivery to a shipowner. 

To read Sean's extended post, visit his blog on the HEC website

Did you know?

Lloyd's Register's George Morgan began working for Lloyd's Register in 1933 in the Shipping Information Services department (SIS). At the outbreak of the Second World War, Morgan joined the Royal Air Force and trained as a pilot.

A battle proven fighter pilot, Morgan fought successfully in multiple dogfights. However, Morgan suffered a near-death experience after being shot down. He was later imprisoned in the infamous German POW camp Stalag Luft III. It was here Morgan, along with his comrades formed an 'escape committee', tasked with the simple goal of escaping the camp and making it back to home soil.

Word of the audacious Stalag jailbreaks spread through the Allied Forces. Morgan's escape committee would later be immortalised in a number of blockbuster films, most notably 'The Great Escape' (1963) starring Steve McQueen.

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