RICSHead of Reference Service
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
Cathy Linacre, 13 Nov 2016
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.
Cathy Linacre, 04 Oct 2016
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?
Cathy Linacre, 05 Aug 2016
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.
Cathy Linacre, 28 Jun 2016
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.
Cathy Linacre, 10 Nov 2015
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.
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.
Cathy Linacre, 18 Sep 2015
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.
Cathy Linacre, 02 Jun 2015
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).
Cathy Linacre, 31 Mar 2015
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."
Cathy Linacre, 02 Mar 2015
This lovely picture of an early theodolite, a precision instrument used by surveyors for measuring angles in the horizontal and vertical planes, comes from Speculum Topographicum: or The Topographicall Dlasse (1611) by Arthur Hopton.
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