Whilst I am interested in the history of gasworks and the processes more immediately the resultant contamination is of more interest. I am sure Mr Hatheways book is a fine resource - us poor councils can’t afford to purchase it, and subsequently information supplied by such knowledgeable people as yourself has been most helpful.
I would look forward to any revisions that make appear in the future.
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I am in the process of updating the gasworks profiles produced a few years ago (found at http://independent.academia.edu/RussellThomas/Papers). Whilst still relevant, I have been on a steep learning curve in recent years culminating in my new position as a member of the IGEM Panel for the History of the Gas Industry. So I now know a lot more on the subject and have more resource at hand and than I did previously.
Whilst up dating of some of the profiles should hopefully be straight forward, the one profile that stands out in that on country house gasworks. Whilst important, most people do not investigate these relatively small sites frequently, so it would be beneficial that the subject matter is extended further.
I think there is merit in extending this to town gasworks, although to include the large city gasworks, might turn the profile into a book, which I would like to avoid. There is a good one of these written by Allen Hatheway already.
I would appreciate any thoughts on the matter which could make this more helpful for readers, both historically and from a contaminated perspective.
Dr Russell Thomas
BSc (Hons) PhD CBIOL MSB MIENVSc CEnv MSCI
Technical Director Environment
Principal Professional Associate
Queen Victoria House
Redland Hill Bristol BS6 6US UK
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