December 2016

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

Our final newsletter of 2016 includes an announcement of a new bio project plus updates on Undaunted and HEC needs you.

Past chairmen

In the coming weeks, we will launch a new project on the Heritage & Education (HEC) Centre website, by publishling a bio of every serving Chairman throughout LR's history.

In total, 21 profiles will be made available, dating from the first Chairman - John Julius Angerstein  - up to the current serving Chairman Thomas Thune Andersen.

Keep an eye on our social media platforms for more news!

Undaunted update

Since the last update on Project Undaunted, cataloguing has continued apace and already the team have recorded information from over 6,000 documents!

Make sure to look out for an upcoming blog post from our project conservator on the conservation challenges she is facing in the project and discussions on interesting discoveries made by our cataloguers.

To read all of our Undaunted blogs, click here.

Unknown treasures

Our archives hold a diverse range of historic material, from ship plans and survey reports to treasures from Lloyd's Register's history.

One such treasure is the Lloyd's Register golf trophy of 1976, which was accidentally blown up after being left on a platform at a train station in Sunderland.

The trophy survived, and can still be found in our archives at Fenchurch Street today!

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne answered an enquiry about the Norwegian collier Hjordis.

The 976 ton vessel was wrecked in February 1916 whilst carrying a cargo of coal bound for Calais.

In August, the wreck of Hjordis resurfaced, causing problems for ships entering the port of Blakeney. 

Do you have an historic ship enquiry? Why not get in touch?

MLAG meeting

Members of the HEC team attended the Museum Libraries and Archives Group's (MLAG) meeting at the Natural History Museum.

Topics covered at the meeting included new library management systems, current problems facing the heritage industry and the possibility of collaboration.

After the meeting, we were lucky enough to be given a private tour of the Museum's rare books room! The Museum has recently digitised its oldest book, Historia Naturalis, published in 1469.

HEC needs you!

Over the past month, HEC has continued to research the members of staff named on the First World War Memorial at 71 Fenchurch Street.

The team have even managed to locate the great nephew of Lloyd's Register Clerk Maurice Godfrey Wells.

The relative in question kindly provided several photographs of Wells from his childhood and during his service in the Royal Field Artillery. To view Wells' portal, click here.

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 Collections and Archives Officer, Eloisa Rodrigues.

The Heritage and Education Centre collection is very diverse and full of interesting things, which makes it hard to choose only one object. But one of my favourite things is a book that I came across when cataloguing HEC’s reference library: Marine Architecture or Directions for carrying on a ship, from the first laying of the keel to her actual going to sea, published in 1736. 

To read Eloisa's extended post, visit her blog on the HEC website.

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In 2016, the Heritage & Education Centre's Twitter account received over 450,000 impressions!

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