Cathy Linacre

RICS
Head of Reference Service

About

Cathy is the Head of Reference Services at the RICS which encompasses the library service and London Bookshop. She has worked at RICS for 25 years and managed the service for the last 6.

The library acts as the archive as well as delivering  online resources to members to enable then to access information 24/7 wherever they are in the world

Articles (13)

  • Surveyors at the Battle of Passchendaele
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Surveyors at the Battle of Passchendaele

    Monday 31 July 2017 sees the official celebrations marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which lasted until 6 November and was fought for control of the ridges south and east of the City of Ypres.

  • A fallen hero: the adventures of
    Quantity surveying & construction

    A fallen hero: the adventures of "Rex" Hargreaves

    Leopold Reginald Hargreaves, known as "Rex", was one of 66 chartered surveyors killed during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago in 1916. What makes this story stand out from other similar stories I've researched? Rex was the son of Alice Liddell, who the character of Alice in the literary classic 'Alice in Wonderland' was based.

  • Buying a house and what 1980 thought it might look like
    Estate agency

    Buying a house and what 1980 thought it might look like

    I came across a wonderful article from 1980 in the old RICS journal 'Chartered Surveyor'. In it, Partner at John P Dickins and Sons Peter Leigh imagines what "buying a house in the year 2005" might be like. What did he get right? What are we doing now and what was wide of the mark? Is there anything he imagined that you’d still like to happen — hovercar anyone?

  • Chartered Surveyors: The Movie

    Chartered Surveyors: The Movie

    A recent online search on the term “Chartered Surveyor” brought to light this film held by the BFI (British Film Institute) and made for RICS in 1964. I have known of its existence for a long time as its technical director, Alan Gillett, has often told me about it. Incidentally Alan is in the video as the man up a ladder checking a balcony about 7 minutes in - take a look.

  • Battle of the Somme: Remembering fallen surveyors

    Battle of the Somme: Remembering fallen surveyors

    As the commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme approach it is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers quoted. The British army suffered 57,470 casualties on the first day (1 July) alone while 19,240 of this number were killed or died of wounds. I have taken a look at what this battle meant for the members of the Surveyors’ Institution, as the RICS was then known.

  • How did the First World War affect surveyors?

    How did the First World War affect surveyors?

    The First World War does not appear in the transactions of the Surveyors' Institution (as RICS was then called) until November 1914, as the previous meeting had been in May - before the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of hostilities.

  • Remembering Percy Haggis, the first RICS casualty of World War One
    Planning & development

    Remembering Percy Haggis, the first RICS casualty of World War One

    Percy Haggis was the first member of the Surveyors' Institution to be killed in World War One. He died on 10 October 1914 at Moerbeke. The transactions note that he was a prisoner of war who was shot while trying to escape. He was 24 years old.

  • Ernest William Frost Hammond MC
    Planning & development

    Ernest William Frost Hammond MC

    Many chartered surveyors won gallantry medals during the First World War but unfortunately these were only listed in our transactions in the early days of the war. However a list in the 1915 volume lists one medal from almost exactly 100 years ago.

  • Surveyors in the Gallipoli campaign

    Surveyors in the Gallipoli campaign

    There has been a lot in the news recently about the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War which ran from 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. 12 members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (then called the Surveyors’ Institution) died in the campaign, which aimed to secure a sea route for Britain’s Russian allies and to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

  • Submarines, pirates and an RICS member in World War One

    Submarines, pirates and an RICS member in World War One

    An intriguing sentence caught my eye when scanning old copies of the journal during my research on RICS, or the Surveyors’ Institution as we were then, in World War One:

    "The Hon. Alexander A Fraser, the Master of Saltoun, Gordon Highlanders, was among those selected by the German Government for solitary confinement in reprisal for the imprisonment of the German submarine crews in this country."