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Partners & collections

Meet the Plimsoll partners in PortCities Southampton and view highlights of their collections available on this site.
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Southampton City Libraries

Southampton City Libraries is the lead partner in the Plimsoll Partnership. Its Maritime Collection is one of Britain`s largest specialist shipping libraries open to the public.
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Southampton Archives Services

Southampton City Archives collects, catalogues and conserves archival material for the City of Southampton. Some of their records go back over 800 years. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Archives search room where items in the collection can be consulted.
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Southampton City Museums

Southampton City Museums run the city's Maritime Museum, home to exciting displays on all aspects of the port's maritime history. They also staff the Collections Management Centre, where many different objects are looked after to give an insight into the social and industrial past of Southampton.
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Southampton Oral History Unit

Southampton is one of the few local authorities in the UK to have an oral history programme. Over 900 life stories have been recorded and 6000 photographs collected, covering 1890 to the present and providing a unique insight into the social history of Southampton. The importance of giving local people a voice is reflected in the strength of their testimonies.
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Lloyd`s Register

Lloyd's Register is a risk management organisation providing risk assessment and mitigation around the world. Founded in 1760 to examine and classify merchant ships, the organisation's activities now extend beyond the shipping field. Lloyd's Register publishes an annual 'Register of Ships', still the foremost source of information on the world's merchant fleet.
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LMA Logo  London Metropolitan Archive

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority record office in the United Kingdom. There are 32 miles of archives in their strong rooms, covering nearly 900 years. The LMA is ‘The Memory of London’, with an extraordinary range of archives touching every aspect of London life and history.
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National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum`s collection contains over two million objects connected with the sea and timekeeping. The museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including art, maps, ship plans and scientific instruments. Entrance is free and over 7500 objects are available to view online at its website.
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WSS Logo  World Ship Society

The World Ship Society is the largest international organisation dedicated to maritime and naval history. The society is noted for its extensive list of publications, library and collection of photographs. Branch meetings throughout the world allow members to share their experience and joy of shipping.
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