Records of the RMS Queen Elizabeth Historical Society,Virginia, United States of America

Scope and Content

  • Drawings 1989
  • Historical notes 1989
  • Ships particulars 1989
  • Photographs of the museum in Virginia 1989

Administrative / Biographical History

The RMS Queen Elizabeth Historical Society manages a museum dedicated to the steam ship Queen Elizabeth in Ararat, Virginia, United States of America . The RMS Queen Elizabeth Historical Society was founded in 1981  by Harold E Philpot, essentially for the purpose of preparing documentary drawings of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, built by John Brown & Co Ltd for the Cunard company, to a scale of one quarter inch equals one foot. Co-founders of the Society were as follows: Commodore Geoffrey T Marr, navigation; Staff Captain Eric Ashton-Irvine, administration; Chief Engineer R E ("Ted") Philip, engineering; Purser John Vincent Robinson, passenger relations; Donald McKellar, of John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank, design and draughting; Fred M Walker, Greenwich, naval architect and consultant to the Founder; and Philip Small, Wells, Somerset, art. The society is based at the home of its founder, Harold E Philpot, who has extended a former garage to accommodate a museum dedicated to the ship. In 2002, and was unclear as to whether the society was still in operation.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit: Harold E Philpot : Ararat, Virginia : 7 November 1989

Other Finding Aids

Manual file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UCS 001Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd, Clydebank Division (formerly John Brown & Co Ltd)

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Much of this material is copied from that held at the museum

Compiled by Jenny Bunn , Assistant Archivist, 14 February 2000

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 19 December 2002

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