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Presidential Address The Art of the Possible

The first President of our Institution was installed in 1908. He was the Earl of Plymouth and held the Ministerial appointment of First Commissioner in HM Office of Works in the Government of that day. Broadly speaking, that Department was the political ancestor of the present-day Property Services Agency, which is now within the Department of the Environment. Since that far-off date there has been, so to speak, something of a famine in representatives of central Government to hold the high office of President in our Institution. This is the first time that an engineer from central Government has been honoured in this way. L.R. Creasy