Hindsight Perspectives for a Safer World Project

This project, based at King’s College London and led by Professor Andrew Blick and Alix Mortimer and is funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. We work with professional historians researching maritime topics to provide historical context and insight to contemporary maritime safety challenges. The goal of the project is to deepen understanding of these issues and provoke creative solutions in an era of huge technological and organisational change for the industry. Working with the materials in the Lloyds Register Foundation Heritage Education Centre (HEC), historians will produce “Hindsight Reports” within the scope of the challenges of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Pod 2: From sail to steam… to zero carbon. Dr Elin Jones on maritime innovation and change in the nineteenth century

Dr Elin Jones, Lecturer in Maritime History at the University of Exeter, on her research into the social contexts of maritime life in the period roughly 1750 to 1850, years of enormous technological transition. We range over how maritime work and the life of coastal communities changed with the sail-steam transition, working as a historian with colleagues in fields like marine ecology, how fact-finding commissions of the 1850s smoothed over fishing communities' concerns about fishing stocks, and the public response to various maritime disasters of the nineteenth century. The thread running through our chat is perhaps how technological change disrupts ideas about labour, skills, safety, and economically driven decision-making - all topics still at the core of the challenges faced by the shipping industry today. 25 minutes 45 seconds with transcript.

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Pod 1: What’s in the Lloyds Register Foundation archive?

The Lloyds Register Foundation's Heritage Education Centre has a rich archive covering the 260 years of Lloyd's Register history. I spoke to Dr Louise Sanger, Applied Research and Heritage Manager at HEC about what researchers on the Hindsight Perspectives project (and others) could expect to find, how the archive has changed over the years, and a couple of her personal highlights - probably relatively few archives carefully preserve an envelope of rust. 13 minutes 40 seconds with transcript.

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Project overview

History & Policy at King’s College London is delighted to be working with the Lloyds Register Foundation on the Hindsight Perspectives for a Safer World project to create a body of reports based on materials in the Foundation’s Heritage Education Centre. We are actively seeking historians interested in participating in the project, which has a wide scope – you may have a specialism in histories of shipping, engineering, energy and environment, safety regulations, innovation or industrial policy to name just a few, and the topics are by their nature global so a wide range of period and location specialisms might be relevant.

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About Us

H&P is based at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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