Using the Lloyd’s Register Archive and Interpreting Wrecks

Event Date:
Start at 10:00 AM
May 21, 2022


Back by popular demand, we are running this online course, in partnership with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre, so that participants can learn how to use the Lloyd’s Register Archive for their own research during lock-down.

This course will teach participants how to navigate through the extensive collections available online through the Lloyd’s Register and how they can be used in conjunction with other sources such as the “Shipwreck Index of the British Isles” for personal research. The course will look at each of the sources available, how they were created, their original purpose, and how they can be used by archaeologists or historians today.

Specific focus will be given to understanding how these sources can be appropriately used in the archaeological investigation of a historic ship or a shipwreck site. This will include a discussion of their limitations and the appropriate use of a concurrent methodology utilising multiple source types (including archaeological material). The intention is to encourage participants to think critically about the use of sources and what the aim of the investigation of a ship or shipwreck might be.

This will be achieved by a formal review of the different sources followed by a desk-based session using the sources on a real-world example. Participants will be encouraged to access resources using their own computers/tablets to investigate a site.

Please note that the online material from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre collections that is being used and referenced in this workshop is covered by a Commercial Licence Agreement with the Nautical Archaeology Society.

Full details of the Heritage & Education Centre’s ‘Terms of use’ including Educational Licence details for non-chargeable activities can be accessed here.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre and the Nautical Archaeology Society are working in collaboration to bring you our shared expertise for educational benefit.


Anyone interested in researching historic ships and shipwrecks who wants to learn how to use this amazing new online resource properly.

NAS members will earn 5 credits for attending


A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme – it only takes a minute to do.

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at for a test run before the course.


NAS members £40
Non-NAS members £80 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you’re better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)


Southampton University PhD candidate Jack Pink will be the tutor and will impart his extensive knowledge of using the Lloyd’s Register Archive, which he acquired during his PhD research.

Louise Sanger from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre will give a guest presentation about the amazing resource that is being created online for private researchers.

TIMETABLE in British Summer Time

10:00 Log in, online etiquette and introductions
10:20 Background to the Lloyd’s Register Archive
10:50 Presentation: Archaeology and Documents
11:30 Questions
11:30 Break
11:45 Review of different source types
12:15 Practical: Integrating Sources – How to combine and critically analyse
source types
12:45 Review of participants’ practical exercise
13:00 Questions
13:15 Break for lunch
14:00 Practical: Second example research exercise
14:30 Review Second example research exercise
14:45 Questions
15:00 Projects and how you can engage with other sources
15:30 End