By Robert Rourke, Midlands Section Secretary
The Midlands Section held its AGM at the British Gas offices on Leicester’s Aylestone Road.
There was a healthy turnout with plenty of new faces as three newly elected members joined the committee for the year ahead.
The meeting was followed by a tour of the National Gas Museum next door. This was a great insight into the history of gas and the changes to the current site, with plenty to take in over two floors.
The museum was started by John Doran, Regional Manager at the time when old town gas equipment was removed and thrown away.
Recognising its historical value, John set up the museum in what was the gatehouse and clock tower.
The museum features a fascinating array of domestic appliances and even includes a gas-powered radio. Highlights of the tour included: a 1920s kitchen, laid out with all the mod cons of the day; lots of photos of times gone by and liveried vans parked side by side. Pioneer of gas lighting William Murdoch’s portrait takes pride of place in a mock-up boardroom.
The Section thanks British Gas for the use of their meeting room for our AGM and a huge thanks goes to Janet Armstrong for opening up the museum especially for us and for giving us a brief history of the site.