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  • grundy
    majority of his inventive time However one Patent he applied for departed greatly from all his other Patents and utilised the Grundy stove as a heater for drying cores and moulds in foundries enamelled or Coated Articles and the like PATENT No 205 625 dated 1923 PATENT No 18 017 dated 1912 This invention relates to electric heaters and particularly to heaters in which means are provided for rendering the atmosphere humid when the heater is in operation the chief object being to provide improved means for humidifying the atmosphere and to enable the degree of evaporation to be varied in accordance with requirements THE FOUNDRY IRONWORKS Part of Ordnance Survey Map of Tyldesley 1908 copyright of Wigan Heritage Service Ref No 367 16 copyright Wigan Heritage Service Ref No 367 10 Large grinder body casting for the for The Churchill Machine Co Ltd This grinder was said to be for finishing periscope tubes for submarines The steam traction engine was used to haul it to its destination as there were no petrol wagons powerful enough to haul a 15 ton load at the time John Grundy Ltd 1857 1974 established 1857 When the link between the Grundy family and the firm ended in 1932 with the death of Herbert Grundy the firm continued with its 60 factory and 6 staff employees to advertise and manufacture the successful range of heating apparatus which carried on being installed in many more churches and other buildings throughout Britain One of the firms marketting strategies was to post advertisement literature to vicarages listed in Crockfords Clerical Directory This method must have proved successful as it is estimated that in the 110 years of the firms existence several thousand heaters were installed From the 1940 s onwards in addition to the heaters the foundry also took on jobbing work for the Iron Works making a large selection of castings for items such as Rain water drainage gullies Manhole covers Fire Hydrant boxes Stop Tap boxes Crane Barrells for Wharton Cranes Ltd Brick Making Plants for Sutcliffe Speakman Gear wheel blanks Gas street lamps and Fire surrounds During the 1939 1945 war drainage gratings were made for the RAF which were used for the removal of rain water from airfield runways In the early 1950 s 3 large Igranic heaters were exported to South Africa for a tobacco drying plant in Luchenza During this time period John Grundy Ltd had a reciprocal agreement with the Blackburn firm Blakewater Foundry and they regularly passed work to each other until the closure of the Blakewater foundry The inscription wording on this access door at the United Reformed Church Hadleigh installed in the 1950 s confirms that the Blackburn foundry was producing castings for John Grundy Ltd The unfortunate combination of poor management unproductive workers and a lack of capital funding for future investment aggravated by the recession in the early 1970 s most likely brought about the demise and final closure of the firm The closure of John Grundy Ltd in 1974 saw the iron foundry taken over for a short period by the Yorkshire firm Edgar Alan Ltd Demolition of the foundry buildings in 1989 brought to an end over 100 years of iron making in Tyldesley THE GRUNDY WARM AIR STOVE The Grundy warm air stove heating installation from the examples seen to date was erected in a separate space or room that then acted as a plenum chamber for the warmed air This warmed air was then routed away from the plenum chamber through ventilating ducts which supplied the other parts of the building and introduced the air to the rooms and spaces through gratings or grilles fitted at floor level Grundy warm air stoves were erected in many Cathedrals and Churches throughout the country and some of these stoves still exist today Many of the Grundy stoves although originally designed to be solid fuel fired were readily converted to oil or gas firing during the 1900 s The main competitors of John Grundy Ltd for warm air stove installations in that Victorian time period were Haden and also the Gurney stove which by comparison was of the stand alone type installed within the space being heated Whilst both the Haden and Gurney stoves ceased being installed from the early 1900 s the Grundy stove was still being made and installed right up until the very early 1970 s The Grundy stove s catch phrase was their speciality PURE WARM AIR ST BARNABAS CHURCH EPSOM SURREY This photo shows a typical small size Igranic pattern Grundy warm air heater complete with double flue outlet pipes each fitted with an economiser section The stove was installed in 1968 suitable for oil firing Sadly the stove has now been removed and scrapped To view a larger size Igranic pattern Grundy air heater TYLDESLEY CEMETERY CHAPEL This photo shows a very early pattern of a Grundy Warm Air stove which was removed from the Chapel and is now on display in The Way We Were exhibition at the Wigan Pier Heritage Centre Museum A technical description of the the Grundy warm air stove apparatus its construction and operation is given in the book titled Hood on Warming Buildings by Frederick Dye an IHVE member in the 1899 list of members published in 1897 Relevant details of the apparatus extracted from the book are as follows An example of the plenum chamber arrangement for the installation of the warm air stove can be clearly seen in this Grundy drawing which dates from around 1890 SIZE 10 HESTIA AIR HEATER SMALL OVAL Z HESTIA AIR HEATER LARGEST SIZE OVAL Z HESTIA AIR HEATER St Michael All Angels Barnes London The church of St Michael All Angels in Barnes London was built in 1893 and it was during this time that the Grundy heater and its associated warm air ductwork system was installed This is the oldest known Grundy Warm air heater installation discovered to date The system comprises two

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  • musgraves_of_belfast

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  • gibbs
    and improvements Renton married his first wife Sarah Ann Dawson in 1865 in London They had two sons the first William born whilst they lived in London and the second son Robert born in 1870 after the family had moved back north to settle in Liverpool Sadly his wife Sarah Ann died at a young age in the summer of 1880 when they had returned to live in London Her death left Renton a widower at a young age looking after the welfare of their 3 sons This sad event most likely was the reason that prompted him to return to Liverpool He married again to his late wife s sister Alice Dawson and they had a second family with 3 girls Minnie Elsie and Florence The Mill Street works the address that became synonymous with the firm of Renton Gibbs was bought in 1876 He considered these works to be the best of the buildings in that area of Liverpool that was otherwise full of empty corn sheds Looking towards the future success of his firm he invested hundreds of pounds in buying and installing machinery and also erecting new offices at the Mill Street premises After establishing the firm in 1868 by 1871 the Census records Renton still at the comparatively young age of 24 as having his own firm manufacturing heating apparatus and employing 4 men and 2 boys The firm continued to expand and by 1881 it employed 32 men and 11 boys In the census of 1881 Renton has now titled himself as a Heating and Ventilating engineer with his son Robert Edward Gibbs also joined the firm as a H V engineer The firm s pursuit for excellence won them medals in four consecutive years from 1881 1885 at engineering exhibitions in places as far apart as Liverpool Eastbourne Birkenhead and Antwerp Renton Gibbs Co appears to have specialised in manufacturing and installing the High Pressure Hot Heating HPHW system that was originally designed and Patented by Angier March Perkins in 1831 Many photographs taken inside the Mill Street works show the large number of heating furnaces spiral furnace heating coils and hydraulic tubing that were manufactured and then stored ready for the installation of the Perkins HPHW systems Preparing an expansion tube Note the filling connection plug Cutting a length of hydraulic tubing Screwing threads on to hydraulic tubing Note the semi circular ends to the benches which are the formers that create the spiral coils which then become the furnace coil As the firm prospered Renton registered his firm on the 10 th August 1892 a limited company New branch offices were opened in Ethel Street Birmingham West Street Sheffield Merchants Place Reading and the firm was also represented in Madrid Spain THE SPANISH CONNECTION The list of buildings in Spain in which they installed the heating systems prior to 1898 is impressive 1 Bank of Spain 21 systems Madrid 2 El Senado House of Lords 6 systems Madrid 3 El Ayuntamiento

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  • haden

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  • W W Phipson
    shows that this result has been attained by the application of scientific principles and mathematical calculations by means of which the supply of air and the heat are completely under control The author explained the whole principles of the system illustrating it by plans of the Chamber of Representatives at the Hague Holland the Hospital Necker of Paris the Asile Imperiale of the Verinat and several other buildings warmed and ventilated on the Van Hecke principle bringing forward at the same time abstracts from the French Dutch and Barvarian Governments relative to the system in question The system appears extremely simple the success of the operation depending rather upon the manner in which it is disposed than upon the apparatus itself The fresh air is propelled along an air channel by means of a perculiarly shaped fan patented by Dr Van Hecke into an air chamber containing a warming apparatus where it is warmed and moistened and whence it is distributed over the building An anemometer and dynamometer placed before the fan indicate at any moment the amount of air supplied The amount in hospitals is 2200 cubic feet per hour per patient minimum but it is capable of being doubled if required This quantity of air is supplied without the least perceptible draft and the thermometer indicating 60 Fahr in all parts of the Wards The air is cooled in summer as it is warmed in winter The vitiated air escapes through flues constructed for that purpose each having free access to the external air The Author in his description of the warming apparatus showed that the waste heat of the smoke is completely utilized The warm and vapour baths are also supplied by waste steam from the small engine working the fan To economise heat in winter the vitiated air escapes from that part of the room at which the temperature is lowest The heating chambers vary according to the requirements of the building Enclosed in each of these is the warming apparatus consisting of a cast iron cockle from the summit of which issue a series of sheet iron smoke flues which circulating four times round the cockle in the shape of a square conduit convey smoke to the chimney To this is added a special vessel for moistening the air An animated and interesting discussion ensued in which Mr Chadwick Dr Sanderson Dr Thompson Dr Lankester Dr Greenhow and others took part Mr Phipson was congratulated upon having called the attention of the members to a system so valuable and one that had already been tested by some of the ablest men of the day An admirable discourse was delivered by Dr Sanderson in which he stated that the proofs in favour of the system were so evident and from men so high an authority that no doubts could be entertained as to the superiority of the system over all others in operation and at his request a committee was now sitting at St Mary s Hospital with the intention of adopting the system of Van Hecke in that building After an address from the President the thanks of the meeting were unanimously voted to Mr Phipson for his very able and valuable paper The Times Newspaper article September 25 th 1862 Wilson Weatherley Phipson CE A trial by order of the Lords of the Admiralty is now being made on board the St Vincent training ship at Portsmouth of a plan introduced to the notice of their Lordships by Mr Phipson CE of London for ventilating the tweendecks of Her Majesty s ships of war The apparatus consists of an airshaft or cylinder 4ft 3in in diameter continued in lengths from the upper deck to the lower decks The first length from the upper deck being made of sheet iron contains the fan at a level with the ceiling of the upper deck and the remainder of the lengths between each deck are of sail cloth so as to admit the whole being removed at any time to work the guns for any other reason The fan is worked from the main deck by a small two horse power vertical engine The fan consists of two blades set at an angle of about 50 deg regulated by a spring placed on the spindle Above the fan is placed a dial to indicate at any time the amount of air supplied to the decks below The amount supplied by the apparatus on board the St Vincent is 503 000 cubic feet per hour There is no perceptible draught produced the inlet of pure cold air below displacing and driving out the hot impure air floating above So far the experiment on board the St Vincent appears to have been perfectly successful but the St Vincent is not a seagoing or even one of our efficient warships being merely a harbour training ship with a free communication fore and after lower deck and without the machinery stokeholes and compartments below of our iron ships As we have said so far the experiment appears to have been perfectly successful but if only on account of this very success it should be tried on board one of our iron ships If these vessels which are divided into compartments below the engine rooms and stokeholes when the machinery is worked up to full power become intolerably hot As the Defence is now in dock at Portsmouth she offers a capital opportunity for testing the new apparatus The Times Newspaper article September 30 th 1862 Wilson Weatherley Phipson CE The training ship in Portsmouth harbour which has been fitted with the patent ventilating apparatus by Mr Phipson CE referred to in The Times of Thursday last has been visited during the week by a number of naval officers and gentlemen interested in the question of ventilation the majority of whom it is stated by the officers of the St Vincent have expressed great satisfaction with the results So many plans have

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  • annual_reports
    website continues with the structural layout of its WebPages and their presentation under discussion An exciting development for the Group is that they are now being informed about buildings that have historical engineering services which are under threat of removal and disposal The Group is then able to arrange a visit so that the equipment can be photographed and r ecorded for inclusion on the Group s website One such example is the parish church of St Helen s in Abingdon that has several redundant warm air stoves located in under floor pits in the aisles A joint meeting was held in December at the premises of the Rumford Club in London at which the Heritage Group gave a talk on the historical achievements of Count Rumford Members of the Group gave several Heritage talks during the year to various CIBSE regional meetings back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2001 The Group s objectives include the promotion of research into all aspects of the history of Building Services Engineering together with the recording and where appropriate the preservation of historically significant systems equipment and records The Group has a committee which meets four or five times a year The committee members cover a wide range of specialisms such as HV AC Electric Services Lighting and Public Health The Science Museum English Heritage and BSRIA are all represented on the committee The Group has a mailing list of more than 60 addresses in the UK Europe and USA Present Activities Current Research projects include 1 Wilson Weatherly Phipson MInstCE 1838 1891 was one of the two major British H V Consultants of the Victorian era the other being Henry Lea Outcome to date Papers presented to the CIBSE National Conference in 1996 and 2000 Papers presented to the Merseyside and N Wales Yorkshire and East Midlands branches of CIBSE Planned The publication of a book in conjunction with the Newcomen Society 2 Haden firm and family Outcome Booklet entitled G N Haden Sons Ltd Bristol Office 1927 69 privately published 2000 F J Ferris Planned Haden Family of Trowbridge 3 The lives of those involved with developing the art and science of building services Outcome Book The Comfort Makers published by ASHRAE 2001 B M Roberts 4 Steam Driven H V Systems Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and The Municipal Technical Institute Belfast Outcome to date Papers presented 2000 01 to Merseyside N Wales Yorkshire and East Midlands Regions of CIBSE Other ongoing research projects being carried out under the auspices of the Group include Church Heating in Victorian times History of Glasshouse Heating The Heatmakers publication planned to mark the HVCA Centenary and Cinema Air Conditioning 1900 1939 Other recent publications with which the Group has been involved include 1 The Magic of Hot Water published by Andrews Water Heating 2001 B M Roberts and P G Yunnie 2 The Quest for Comfort CIBSE Centenary Publication 1997 B M Roberts Some recent activities have involved visits to Heritage properties with historic building services systems John Rylands Library Manchester Eltham Palace London Soho House Birmingham The Municipal Technical Institute and The Royal Victoria Hospital both in Belfast The Group produces a newsletter twice a year Copies are mailed to our membership and it is also included on the Heritage Group website Future Plans It is hoped that all the research projects mentioned earlier will result in major publications books or referred papers We are developing a CIBSE Heritage Group website cross linked to the official CIBSE site We intend to further develop our links with such organisations as ASHRAE English Heritage The Science Museum the Newcomen Society and The National Trust to increase the general awareness of the importance of the history of building engineering services We hope this will result in more joint publications and ongoing preservation and exhibition of historical Building Services Hardware and Software back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2002 The Group s objectives have continued unchanged being the promotion of research into all aspects of the history of building services engineering together with the recording and where appropriate preservation of historically significant systems equipment and records The Group s committee numbered nine during the year plus five co opted members from external organisations such as BSRIA the Science Museum English Heritage and The National Trust The committee met five times The Group has continued to pursue a number of projects including researching pioneering H V Engineers such as Phipson Haden Perkins Musgrave and Davidson and in the field of AC Carrier s work in the UK Landmark buildings visited and recorded include the Municipal Technical Institute Belfast again Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast again various National trust properties such as Erddig Hall Tyntesfield House and The Argory The possibility of creating a sound archive of past president s memories is being investigated Book preparation continued and discussions for joint publications with English Heritage National Trust and the Newcomen Society were held More than half the finance required has been pledged by six sponsors for a Heritage book featuring landmark buildings It is hoped the book will be published in time for the 2003 Edinburgh CIBSE conference Fruitful research has been done in a number of areas such as Glasshouse Heating Church Heating and Cinema Air conditioning Two editions nos 6 7 of the HG newsletter were published These colour editions were mailed to a membership list of exactly 100 The HG website www hevac heritage org has greatly developed over the year Our site is cross linked with the official CIBSE site As in previous years several Heritage presentations have been made to various CIBSE Regions etc back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2003 A major event of the Group occurred in September when it celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1973 To mark this special occasion an 8 page anniversary edition of the Newsletter was published which gave pictorial snapshots about the DISCOVERIES HERITAGE IN PRINT LECTURES VISITS HERITAGE COLLECTION and WEBSITE showing the group s achievements throughout its lifetime Members of the Group during the year have written several articles for trade and other publications including the Building Services Journal ASHRAE HAC and NADFAS The Group s objectives continue unchanged being the promotion of research into all aspects of the history of building services engineering together with the recording and where appropriate preservation of historically significant systems equipment and records The Group was very pleased to have contributed towards the preservation in St Paul s Church Deptford London of a rare warm air stove made by the firm of John Grundy which was due for imminent removal and disposal The Committee this year welcomed Chris Sugg as a member The Group has six co opted members from the external organisations BSRIA the Science Museum English Heritage and The National Trust The Group met five times during the year holding two of its meetings by invitation at the offices of English Heritage and The National Trust The Group has continued to pursue a number of projects including research into pioneers in H V Engineering such as Phipson Haden Perkins Musgrave and Davidson and in the field of AC Carrier s work in the UK Landmark buildings visited during the year were the Victoria and Albert Museum the National Monuments Record Centre at Swindon The National Trust properties of Penryhn Powis and Chirk Castles Lacock Abbey and Kingston Lacy House The creation of an Oral History sound archive remains one of the Group s future objectives The book Building Services Heritage featuring twenty Landmark Buildings with important historical engineering systems was published on time for the 2003 Edinburgh CIBSE conference A copy of the book was provided for all the delegates Discussions continue with English Heritage and The National Trust for joint book publications Drafts of two books have been completed and submitted for approval 1 the centenary of the HVCA and 2 The Haden s of Trowbridge Both books are scheduled for publication in early 2004 Further research continues on a number of subjects such as Glasshouse Heating Church Heating Cinema Air conditioning and the Lighting of Ocean Liners Two further colour editions nos 8 9 of the HG newsletter were published and distributed to a membership list of exactly 100 The HG website www hevac heritage org continues to expand and a Picture Gallery was added in January which provides an excellent historical mix of pictures and text sub divided into five major subject areas PIONEER COMPANIES SYSTEMS EQUIPMENT BUILDINGS STRUCTURES ENGINEERS ARTISANS and TRANSPORT The site is cross linked with the official CIBSE site and also English Heritage This year Heritage talks and lectures were given to several CIBSE Regions and for the first time some of the talks used Power Point computerised format for the presentation back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2004 The Group has had a busy and productive year with the Committee meeting four times Three of these meetings were combined with visits to heritage sites the first to the House of Lords Records Archives where the Group was shown the original documents of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney s 19th century reports about the Ventilation of the House of Commons The second visit to Brunel s Engine House Museum at Rotherhithe included a tour under the Thames of the first under river tunnel ever constructed in the world The last visit was to the Crossness Engines Pumping Station on the south bank of the River Thames London with a guided tour of the four largest steam driven rotative beam engines still in existence One of the beam engines has been wonderfully restored to its former working condition The Group s activities this year have been overshadowed by the untimely death of Committee member Nigel Seeley who prior to his retirement represented The National Trust and latterly University College London Several new members joined the Committee this year Jane Insley Science Museum Bob McWilliam has now retired Tim Bowdon Gifford Partners Geraldine O Farrell English Heritage Neil Sturrock John Moores University David Shaw Society of PHE During the year Heritage Group members have authored edited and prepared for publication a number of booklets including 1 HVCA 100 which commemorated the centenary of the HVCA Brian Roberts 2 Hadens of Trowbridge 1816 2004 a publication sponsored by Haden Young Brian Roberts Frank Ferris and Paul Yunnie Two newsletters Nos 10 11 were published and distributed during the year The Group s own Website continues to expand and now its Homepage has 22 separate sections and is fast approaching 150MB in size Several heritage subjects about Buildings with historical engineering services and equipment have now been prepared and featured in the computerised format of Microsoft Power Point These are separate presentations on heritage topics that are available on CD s for presenting to CIBSE Regions and other interested groups During the year members gave talks to several CIBSE Regions and Organisations on subjects of engineering heritage The Group s Vice Chair Paul Yunnie has been honoured by being made Chair of the ASHRAE Historical Committee for the second time Two members of the Group were presented with medals Geoff Brundrett Silver and Richard Forster Bronze and honoured by the Institution at their AGM in May for Services to the Institution Group members have visited and reported on a number of historical buildings during the year including the Britannia Music Hall Glasgow The Victoria Baths Manchester Winner of the Restoration TV series the Faenol Estate North Wales Speke Hall Merseyside The National Trust and Cragside Northumberland The National Trust The Group continues with its research into a number of ongoing projects including 1 The life and works of Victorian Engineer Wilson W Phipson 2 Preparing publications in conjunction with The National Trust and English Heritage 3 The life and achievements of John Grundy first IHVE President 1898 4 Building Engineering Services Heritage Revisited Future heritage visits under consideration are in their early stages being proposed for St Paul s Cathedral Buckingham Palace and The Victoria Baths Manchester 2004 has been a successful year for the Group and it is hoped 2005 will prove to be likewise back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2005 The Group had a less hectic but still busy year with the Committee meeting five times Two of the meetings were held during the visit to a historical building The first was to the Houses of Parliament where a group of members were given a guided tour to view what remained of the historical engineering services for this prestigious and complex building that had been a test bed for many innovative H V design features installed during the 19 th and 20 th centuries The Heritage Group during their tour The second visit was to the Victoria Baths in Manchester This building was the competition winner of the BBC2 TV series of programmes titled Restoration Viewers were invited to phone in and vote for the building they felt was the most worthy of being restored and brought back into use Displaying the Restoration Winners Banner In May The National Trust held a one day symposium in memory of Nigel Seeley who had also been a member of the Heritage Group Two members of the Group gave presentations and talks to the audience Newsletter No 12 was published in June This was the last one to be sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters Newsletter No 13 published in December became the first issue to be sponsored by English Heritage In August the Group said goodbye to their vice chairman of many years Paul Yunnie who has relocated to Australia and welcomed Neil Sturrock as their new vice chairman The Group s own Website continues to progress with updates usually every 2 months Five Victorian engineers and two Doctors all with strong H V interests have now been researched and given their own Webpage layouts Seven more books on engineering heritage subjects have been added to the website displayed in electronic format Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the group Frank Ferris was honoured by the Institution at their AGM in May being presented with the Bronze medal for Services to the Heritage Group The Institution of Civil Engineers asked the Heritage Group to write mini biographies of five Victorian engineers who had a prominent involvement with the Heating and Ventilating industry The biographies are to be included in their new Dictionary of Victorian Engineers whose careers spanned the period from 1830 to 1890 During the year members gave talks to CIBSE Regions and Organisations on subjects of engineering heritage The Heritage Group accepted an invitation from the Republic of Ireland CIBSE Region in November for a representative to attend their Heritage Event in Cork City The evening event was held at the Old Waterworks where the old buildings housing many items of engineering heritage have been carefully restored by a combination of local funding and a grant from EFTA The buildings are now used as a Lifetime Lab for the benefit of the general public and as an educational facility Group members have visited and reported on a number of historic buildings during the year including The National Trust properties of Arlington Court Devon Dunster Castle Somerset Great Chalfield and Westwood Manors in Wiltshire The Group s first commemorative plaque for a building of significant historic engineering services was awarded to St George s Hall Liverpool The Chairman of the M NW CIBSE Region is seen here presenting it to the Chairman of the St George s Hall Charitable Trust Research has continued into a number of ongoing projects including 1 The life and works of Victorian Engineer Wilson Weatherley Phipson MICivil E 2 Preparing publications in conjunction with The National Trust and English Heritage 3 Let there be Light Research into the history of the IES 4 Building Engineering Services Heritage Revisited 5 The family and firm of Renton Gibbs Liverpool 6 The family and firm of John Grundy the first President of the IHVE 7 The search in Churches and Chapels for Victorian and Edwardian heating systems 8 Dr Neil Arnott FRS and his warm air stove Future heritage visits under consideration are still in their early stages being proposed for the old British Library and Buckingham Palace 2005 has been a year of consolidation for the Group The Group looks forward to making further exciting historical discoveries in 2006 enabling much more of our building engineering services heritage to be recorded back to top CIBSE Heritage Group Annual Report 2006 The Group s committee met 5 times during the year 3 of the meetings included a visit to a building having an interesting background of historical engineering heritage Two of the visits were made to the Houses of Parliament to complete the HG tour of this important and complex building The third visit was made to the Old British Library building to view what remained of the original engineering services in the undercroft of the circular shaped Reading Room The book about the life and contracts of Wilson Weatherley Phipson by Brian Roberts who as the Author first wrote it in 2002 and then updated it in 2006 has now been privately printed and distributed to group members It is a tribute to the detailed research carried out by the Group s chairman into the life and contracts of this eminent Victorian heating and ventilating engineer sadly forgotten by history The book is now available as a hard copy to those wishing to purchase a copy The Group s Internet website celebrated its 5 th anniversary in November and continues to expand with 40 new webpage updates added to the website during the year A software program has been written which now allows all new and amended webpages to be updated and added to the HG Internet website as soon as they have been constructed The website is now attracting enquiries from people around the world interested in learning about our

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