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The Heritage Group will be Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2023
The longest established Special Interest Group in the Institution

IES Presidents
IHVE Past Presidents
Victorian Heating Engineers


PIONEERS who created

Wilson Weatherley Phipson -
The Book

Victorian & Edwardian Churches - The Facts


Quest for Comfort
CIBSE Centenary Book 1997


Aims of the Heritage Group
Annual Reports
Articles written by Members
in Journals & Magazines
Books written by Members
Museums & Libraries Visited
Buildings with Historical  Equipment
Historical Equipment
Timeline of Heritage Group
Lectures & Talks by Members
Letters of Enquiry
List of Articles written about
Engineering History

ANZAC Dispatches
History of Psychrometrics
British Thermal Unit (Btu)
Buildings & Museums to visit
Equipment and other Items sought
First Heating & Ventilating Engineer
Hall of Fame
Heritage Information Sources
IHVE the Early History
Landmark Buildings
Links to other History Websites
Lists of Contracts
Heritage Magazines & Journals
Heritage Picture Gallery
National College for Heating,Ventilating,
Refrigeration and Fan Engineering
Scotland's Built Environment Heritage
Smoke Abatement Exhibition
Then and Now

Any feedback, information or questions then please email the Webmaster

Welcome to the Heritage Group Website of the CIBSE. The Heritage Group was established in 1973 with the main purpose of discovering and recording all aspects of building engineering services history. This website aims to inform persons interested in learning about the history of the Building Engineering Services industry from its beginnings in the Industrial Revolution.

Use the Buildings with Historical Equipment link to view further webpages that list the historical engineering equipment or services already discovered in many existing buildings. A short description of the system or the equipment that was found will
then be displayed.

This website is also intended to encourage and assist people to forward to, or contact the Group with details of equipment or systems that could be of interest historically to the Group and which would be worthy of recording. Use the Equipment & other Items Sought link to view the list.

Published by Historic
England & National Trust


2013 marked the
40th anniversary
of the inauguration

the Heritage

Use this link to read
about the Group's
historical engineering
activities during the past

 four decades

Would visitors to this heritage
Website please note that it
does not purchase, nor sell
or offer quotations on any
type of equipment whether
or not related to historical
heritage building services.

This Website deals with the
history of our industry. 
Its content, photographs
and illustrations reflect
the attitudes that
prevailed in those times.

Consequently visitors
to the Website should be
aware that some of the
content may not conform
to the PC standards that
prevail today.  

Established November 2001
Last  Updated  April 2023
Copyright Notice:   The Heritage Group has been collecting information and pictures from a wide variety of source
for over 30 years, much of which is in the public domain, or over 100 years old where the copyright has either expire
or possible holders are unknown. If anyone has a claim in this regard please contact the Webmaster who would be
pleased to include a suitable acknowledgement or withdraw the item.
 All original material on this website 2001-202 is the copyright of the Heritage Group of  the CIBSE. Text and images  may be used in print or on another website, but permission must first be obtained, the url source given and an    acceptable acknowledgement displayed.No part of this website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the CIBSE Heritage Group.