October 2017

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This month's edition of the Heritage & Education Centre's (HEC) monthly newsletter includes new items on the one year anniversary of Project Undaunted, 2017's Proctor Lecture and one of our unknown treasures.

Undaunted Update

This month marks one year since Project Undaunted began. To mark the occasion, Eloisa has written a blog on the project's progress, the archive's move to a new storage facility and some of the interesting finds the cataloguing team have discovered in recent weeks.

​​​​​​The team are currently cataloguing the Canadian and North East port boxes - Sunderland, Newcastle, Hull and Grimsby.

​​​One particular find from the archive included a rather odd shipbuilder from the survey report for Sarah!

Proctor Lecture

This year's British Commission for Maritime History's (BCMH) Proctor lecture will be held on Thursday 23 November and is on Sailing around Belligerents' Restrictions: American Shipping to Bordeaux during the French Wars (1793-1815).

The lecture by Silvia Marzagalli (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) will be held in 71 Fenchurch Street's General Committee room.

Admission to the lecture is by ticket only.  Further information about the event can be found on the BCMH site.

Westminster Archives Visit

The Heritage & Education Centre welcomed Friends and Volunteers of Westminster City Archives on 12 October.

The visit marks the Centre's eleventh visit this year.

Regular visitor groups include international universities (Ghent, Rotterdam and Valencia) as well as heritage groups (London City Guides).

Find out more about our educational visits here.

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne answered an enquiry from a relative of Captain William Cook. Cook had been to sea with none other than famed writer Joseph Conrad, or as he was then known, Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski.

According to the enquirer, Cook taught Conrad English. Conrad is actually listed in the Register of Ships as the master of Otago a 367-ton iron barque.

UK Maritime Heritage Forum 2017

TThis year's UK Maritime Heritage Forum saw UK City of Culture Hull host over 100 domestic and from maritime institutions across the UK.

First held in 2008, the forum offers great opportunity to develop partnerships and to discover ongoing projects within maritime disciplines.

The event also included a guided tour of Hull City Archives, Hull Marina, a walkthrough of the Spurn lightship and the Arctic Corsair, Hull's last sidewinder trawler.

Unknown Treasures

Situated in the Collcutt Building's Old Board Room, Edoardo Federico de Martino's The Coronation Naval Review of 1902 is one of our most treasured paintings.

The painting, illustrates the Coronation Naval Review at Spithead held in August 1902.

The artwork displays the military might of the Royal Navy as the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert watches on in the background of the painting.

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 Project Undaunted Conservator Nicole Monjeau. As I have now worked at the LRF Heritage & Education Centre for a year, I figured it was about time I wrote about my favourite thing. I am taking a slightly different approach, and have not chosen something from our 71 Fenchurch Street office. Instead, I have chosen material from our off-site archive. My favourite things are ship plans on Japanese paper. These items come from our Japanese port boxes, specifically the ports of Yokohama and Nagasaki. As far as I can tell, these are quite unique in our collection. Of the boxes I have surveyed and conserved so far, there are the only five ship plans on Japanese paper (as opposed to our more typical materials—tracing paper, drafting linen, and photoreproductive material like blueprints). The ship plans would have been draughted in the shipyard’s drawing office, and copies sent to LR for plan approval and to our surveyor to help inform their inspection of the ship. To read Nicole's extended post, visit her blog on the HEC website. Did you know? The Bakuin built in 1886 was the first Lloyd's Register-classed modern type tanker with machinery aft. She was launched within a day of Glückauf, the vessel regarded as the forerunner of the modern tanker.

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