Regular readers may be familiar with the Lloyd’s Register Survey Reports; a collection of detailed surveys on ships’ materials and construction, used by underwriters and others in the shipping industry for reliable information on these vessels. What you may not be aware of, is that this collection has been on loan to the National Maritime Museum for some 50 years.
This autumn the collection is being returned to its owner, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF). This is to enable the LRF to progress work on Project Undaunted. This project, named after the vessel which was the subject of the very first report in 1834, aims to digitise their collections of ship plans and surveys to make them more accessible. The aim is to eventually produce a searchable online database, complete with images, for anyone with an interest in the collection.
Whilst the collection is moved to its new home, it will be temporarily unavailable for research until January 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. From January, the collection will once again be available for researchers to visit and view personally. Additionally, an enquiry service will be launched for those who are unable to visit in person.
If you have any enquiries about the collection they should be sent to Barbara Jones, who is Curator of Maritime History & Heritage at the LRF, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Heritage & Education Centre pages on the foundation website at www.lrfoundation.org.uk for more information on the project and their other collections.