February’s talk on Fire in Historic Buildings by Steve Emery of Historic England was illuminating on the development of fire, the significance of the room size, ventilation and the catastrophic effect of unsealed service risers. He has sent us the slides of his talk, and the EH paper on Room Size Effect On Fire Growth undertaken with the National Trust and the Institution of Fire Engineers Special Interest Group for Heritage Buildings to avoid unnecessary alterations to historic doors, particularly in large rooms. The paper gives a fire risk assessment tool to assess the effectiveness of individual historic doors in resisting the passage of fire and smoke. The slides and paper can be downloaded from our Meetings and Visits Page .
The next talk at The Gallery is on the 8th March on Reconciling the Demands of Listed Major Stations with a Growing 21st Century Railway and the AGM and Annual Conference on Tension and Transition – Construction 1900 – 1925 will be held on Friday March 18th at Lutyens’ St Judes-on-the-Hill. Further details are on the Conferences Page