5 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.
The film was commissioned in the lead up to our 100th anniversary in 1968 and outlines the work of Chartered Surveyors. It still holds up well as a description of the diverse work of the profession.
I love the section where it follows a young couple buying a house and discusses the ways different types of surveyors can help them. However it is sad to hear the optimistic discussion of the UK mining and steel industries.
Some things have changed and we now have a more diverse membership. At the start of the term of office of our second female president it is particularly strange in the section on housing managers to hear with a sense of surprise “this work is often carried out by women too”.
I am also amused at the amount of paper everywhere. I’m not sure many of us have managed “the paperless office, yet but most of us have a lot less than this and I don’t think I spotted one computer!
The film could be hired from the production company, Town and Country Productions Ltd, to show at company or branch meetings at a fee of 25s (£1.25) plus 17s 6d (87p) for each subsequent day. It seems to have provided popular as two more were commissioned “A Matter of Property” about the work of the General Practice surveyors and “Surveying a Century” on the history of the RICS.
Do you recognise yourself in the video? is your firm shown or do you recognise any of the buildings?
We’d love to hear from you.
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. To celebrate this milestone, we've launched our Pride in the Profession initiative to showcase the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society.
The initiative is a great chance for all of us to promote our profession by demonstrating how varied and rewarding a surveying career can be.
We've already received a great many nominations of exceptional surveyors from RICS members around the world that you can read about below, but we need more.
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