Marine Technology Special Collection

Subject strengths: Marine history

The Marine Technology Special Collection (MTSC), is a unique historical resource of marine technical documents from British shipbuilding, including the less well documented marine engine building, ship repairing, and ship breaking industries. The collection spans the mid-19th century to 2000, with an emphasis on North East England. The collection includes company documents, technical publications and ‘British Shipbuilding Database’, which is a database of 80,000 British-built ships of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Newcastle University has made a significant contribution to this industrial heritage, while its School of Marine Science and Technology is renowned throughout the world. For over a century, it has played a leading role in the teaching and research of the marine technologies including naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering. 

MTSC is managed by the School of Marine Science and Technology. Visit MTSC’s website to find out more details.

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Marine Technology Special Collection

Archive reference code: GB 3369/MTSC

Date Range of Material

Mid 19th century - 2000

Type of Material

Rare book collection, technical publications and a database.

Size of Collection

318 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Location

The Marine Technology Special Collection is managed by the School of Marine Science and Technology and is housed in the Armstong Building on Newcastle University’s central campus, NE1 7RU. The documents are available for consultation in the Marine Technology Special Collection, Armstrong Building and are not available for loan.

Contact

Material can be requested for in advance by contacting The Marine Technology Special Collection by email: marine.archive@newcastle.ac.uk or by phone: +44 (0)191 208 3522 (MTSC) or 6718. All visits are by prior appointment only.

Please contact first to check that the collection will be open on the date and time of your proposed visit.

Opening hours

The collection is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11.00-15.00. Other times may be arranged by contacting The Marine Technology Special Collection.

Finding Aid 

The Collection is only partially catalogued. Visit the MTSC’s website for details of all the subjects and holdings in the collection.

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit the Marine Technology Special Collection, please download their Guidance for Visitors to find out more about their handling, copying, photographing of materials, copyright and Copying Declaration for Visitors form

Other resources

MTSC expert staff offer a free advice service for simple short enquiries. Contact marine.archive@newcastle.ac.uk for further details.