Spring Meeting / Visits 2000
Another instructive and enjoyable visit was made by the Group this time to the Octagon and St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. Many thanks are due to
Mike Barber (Octagon) and
Neil Sturrock (St. Georges Hall)
who acted as the Guides. How Neil managed not to lose anyone amongst
the labyrinth of tunnels, catwalks and gangways was a tribute to his organisation.
The sizes of the spaces and voids within the building dedicated to the provision of the ventilation system were immense.
It was a great disappointment to learn that this magnificent building has no current regular use other than to act as a building for visitors to tour.
An excellent description of the heating and ventilation system is given in the report titled “ The Mechanical Ventilation and Warming of St. George’s Hall, Liverpool” by Charles R Honiball. M.I.Mech.E. dated 1907. A copy is held by the CIBSE Heritage Library.
Dublin 2000. Joint CIBSE / ASHRAE Conference
The paper written by Mike Barber about Wilson W Phipson was submitted to the Committee and has been accepted. This paper will bring up to date all the recently found information. It will be presented as a lecture given by the Heritage Group.
|WILSON WEATHERLEY PHIPSON.
MICE. 1838 - 1891
Research is continuing into tracing this eminent engineers history. Particular points of current interest are:
A visit to the Birmingham Library and
Records Archive found:-
The original plan layout drawings and sections prepared by Phipson from his Strand Offices in London for the Birmingham Council Offices and the Museum & Art Gallery Extensions dating from 1869.
The articles in the Birmingham Daily Mail from October 1891 mentioned in “A Memoir” were also found and copied.
The search for a photograph of him and also the name of the author of “A Memoir” dated 1892 continues.
BUILDING CONSERVATION TRUST
Members will be interested to learn about the relocation of the CIRCA Trust & WICCAD heritage collections from Frome in Somerset to the Stroud Mills Heritage Centre in Gloucestershire. The home for the new archive is at Kimmins Mill, Sainsbury’s, Dudbridge, Stroud.
The Curator is John Keenan
Tel No. 0117 - 968 7850.
Jonathan David of CIBSE will initially manage the CIRCA trust.
Heritage Group Homepage on the
CIBSE Website has now been updated to allow members to keep in touch with the latest information procured by the Group. Should anyone have any comments on further additions for the Homepage please inform the Editor.
THE BUILDING CONSERVATION TRUSTThis trust is proposing an initiative for the establishment of a Heritage Information Exchange for those associated with conservation. The main objective of the Initiative is to provide for the first time easily accessible information for all.
THE GENERAL ELECTRIC STORYThis is the third edition in a series of
A HERITAGE OF INNOVATION
1876 - 1999
pictorial histories chronicling milestones in the growth of the General Electric Company. Copies are available through The Schenectady Museum, New York
Tel No. 001 518 382 - 7890 or
Fax: 001 518 382 - 7893 for details.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
The outline text of the book
listing many of the Victorian and Edwardian Heating &
Ventilating firms has now been prepared.
A first draft of the book on the
Life and Works of Wilson W Phipson MICE. has now been written.
ASHRAE have now given their
agreement to put in hand the
arrangements for the publication
of the book titled “The Comfort Makers”
The book titled “The Magic of
Hot Water”, is in the course of
G N Haden & Sons Ltd. The
history of their Bristol Office.