This project, based at King’s College London and led by Dr Andrew Blick, will commission professional historians to provide historical context and insight to contemporary safety challenges, in order to deepen understanding of the issues and provoke creative solutions. Working with the materials in the Lloyds Register Foundation Heritage Education Centre (HEC), historians will produce five “Hindsight reports” within the scope of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
The first report in the Hindsight for a Safer World series will explore the stresses on surveyors during a time of technological revolution - how could they maintain safety standards, satisfy the central committee and maintain relationships with local shipping communities?
Four interns on the Hindsight Perspectives project unlock insights from the Lloyds Register Foundation archives on containerisation, supply-chain bottlenecks, decarbonisation and more
Moving into the project's second phase, we are looking to commission three more reports, with particular focus on the history of ports and of engineering education
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.
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.
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.