|The IHVE was set up, presumably as a
venture, by a number of promoters who appear to have had no connection
heating industry. As a result many potential members refused to join.
1898 these men were bought out and the Institution was reorganised. As
President Walter Jones said in 1899, "I fear that the inception or
initiation of the Institute (sic) was not such as to create confidence,
enthusiasm or respect...." Fortunately prompt action put things in
The period before, during, and after the First World War (1914-18) saw mixed fortunes in the development of the IHVE. Many of its members were either on active service, or both they, and their companies were engaged upon war work.
the IHVE developed.
It set the first
examinations, formed its Library, started Branches in Manchester and
the "Btu" Golf Society was formed.
The introduction of the "talkies" also saw the start of comfort air conditioning in the UK.
time of economic difficulties and a Second World
War looming. But 1933 saw the introduction of the new IHVE Journal.
during this period Branches were established in Liverpool, Birmingham,
Midlands and Scotland. The 1st "Guide" in loose-leaf form was issued
|The period during the
Second World War saw most firms either working on munitions or carrying
out contracts for the Ministry of Defense. After the war came a
period of severe austerity. Branches were opened in Bristol and
Yorkshire. Overseas branches were also established.
|The late Ken W Dale
TD was President of the
IHVE in 1974. The written version of his Presidential Address in the
1974, was accompanied by an Appendix: "IHVE Activities and Events
1897-1974” which is reproduced here.
1899 with an address by the second IHVE
President, Walter Jones, it has been a tradition that the incoming
gives a speech on a topic of his choosing. Although a few
were missed, a
list of Presidents and their Addresses from 1899 to 1939 is
most distinguished award given by the IHVE for services to
the Institution is the Gold Medal, while significant contributions by
eminent men and women in other
typically research and education, are recognised by the award of
Fellow. A list of recipients is given.
|The IHVE has occupied a variety of premises with its affairs handled by a succession of dedicated Secretaries. Details of both are provided.|