Launch of the new Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and E

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Launch of the new Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and E

Postby northeast » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:10 pm

Just received:
I am writing to you because, after a year of hard work, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre team are excited to finally be launching our new website! We are making accessible over 250 years of maritime history from our unique archive and collections.

Since its formation in 1760, Lloyd’s Register has applied its expertise across the marine, energy and transportation sectors, helping to make the world a safer place. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre, therefore, houses one of the most important and exceptional archives, with material concerning 258 years of marine and engineering history and science.

You can access our new website here, https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/.

The new Heritage and Education Centre website includes fresh content that can be accessed, viewed and downloaded all for free. Many of the documents available have never been seen before and will be an invaluable tool for historians, engineers, genealogists, researchers, archaeologists, maritime enthusiasts and everyone in-between! The documents can also be used as an educational tool for museums and heritage sites or to help inform new exhibitions, curatorial projects and other archival ventures. The content that has been made available includes:

• Digitised documents from the Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection- the launch of the website coincides with Project Undaunted, an ambitious plan to digitise 1.25 million documents in our collection, making unique ship plans and survey reports covering over 200 years of history freely available for public use. We have already digitised 10 per cent of this, focusing on our First and Famous ships which have been published with the new website. Our First and Famous ships include Cutty Sark, Bakuin and Mauretania.
• Online access to the Casualty Returns (1890-2000) and the World Fleet Statistics (1878-2000).
• An updated, fully-searchable Library Catalogue, complete with shelf location and descriptions. Over 59,000 books, journals and articles are searchable.
• Brand new and updated blog posts – from the First World War to the Ship that saved Vancouver, we have blogs covering a plethora of topics from our archives! We will also have expert guest blogs from researchers and institutions we have collaborated with.
• Overhauled enquiry forms, FAQs and contact us pages – you will be able to contact the Heritage and Education Centre team with your research enquiries and get expert help!
• A new Events page, allowing users to browse and register for HEC events –we will be launching more events than ever before that will look to open access to our collections and engage with our history!
The launch of our new website, marks the beginning of an exciting time in Heritage and Education Centre, as we seek to advance the public understanding of maritime history and the public education of marine and engineering science and history.

Please share the link to our new website amongst colleagues, friends, students or anyone else you think might be interested!

If you have any questions or would like more information on the website, collection, the Heritage and Education Centre or if you would like to use our material and work with us, please contact charlotte.ward@lrfoundation.org.uk or sean.clemenson@lrfoundation.org.uk.
Cheers, George
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