Collection MTSC - Marine Technology Special Collection

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Marine Technology Special Collection


  • Mid 19th century - 2000 (Creation)

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318 Linear Metres of shelving, Rare book collection, technical publications and a database.

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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.

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

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The Marine Technology Special Collection is managed by the School of Marine Science and Technology and is housed in the Armstrong 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.

Material can be requested for in advance by contacting The Marine Technology Special Collection by email:, replies may take several days or longer. Phone: +44 (0)191 208 3522 but this number is rarely staffed and you are unlikely to get an answer.

Please contact us well in advance to check that The Collection will be open on the date and time of your proposed visit.

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From June 2021 onwards The Collection can only accept visits by appointment and are unable to offer regular hours any more.

All visits are by prior appointment only and require personal proof of identity.

MTSC expert staff offer a free advice service for simple short enquiries. Contact for further details.

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