This web site is called “A Miscellaneous Engineer” as I think it sums up my experience. I hope that the contents will interest and inform as I create pages from the knowledge gained in a variety of work which has made a career in many fields a good reason to use the title. About me describes the main features of my experience.
Museum Environment is based on the work of Garry Thompson who was Scientific Adviser to the National Gallery, London for many years. His book “The Museum Environment” 2nd. Edition 1994 is the authoritative work on the subject and should be read by all curators in all museums and art galleries.(See Wikipedia for biography)
Air Conditioning is the result of my work managing a team dedicated to the building services in museums and galleries in London. These were the responsibility of the Property Services Agency until the government decided to make the Trustees of the collections look after the buildings as well. I then developed the work further as Engineering Adviser to the National Gallery, London (above) from 1988-1991. In all this I was guided by the principles set out by Garry Thompson with whom I liaised until he retired.
Gallery Lighting is a controversial subject which excites some very different views. These are explored from my point of view.
Climate Change the subject at Kyoto and Copenhagen has been argued about for years. The real need is action.
Pensions and CPI Since the Government decided that CPI should be used as the measure of inflation virtually all pensioners with index linked pensions have suffered a reduction in purchasing power. Due to the effect of multiplying percentages pensioners will suffer more and more each year. I have produced spreadsheets which analyse this effect and can give users a good idea of how the change from RPI will affect them.