Celebrate the Anniversary of the formation of the IOR!

5 Dec 2018 16:45 to 18:30

Birth of the Refrigeration Industry in London 1850-1900 

IOR Anniversary Networking Event in association with the London Refrigeration Society held at the London Canal Museum. 

On the 8th December 1899 the IOR was formed at a meeting chaired by R Leonard with 16 interested individuals. Initially known as the Cold Storage and Ice Association, reflecting the early days of refrigeration in the UK, which was based on ice imports. 


Andy Pearson FInstR, Chairman of the IOR Technical Committee, has a keen interest in refrigeration history and will share his knowledge at this event during an informal talk.

Download the paper

The Birth of the Refrigeration Industry in London: 1850-1900

Listen to the Webinar

Access the webinar here 

The Talk 

  • The trials of Jacob Perkins ether system by John Wyse in the 1850s,
  • The demonstration of James Harrison’s ether system in the same decade
  • The role of J&E Hall in developing and dominating the marine market
  • The founding of L Sterne and Co 
  • The Blackfriars Cold Store 
  • The events leading up to the founding of the Cold Storage and Ice Association

The event was supported by the IOR Presidents' Fund.