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Survitec celebrates centenary with virtual museum

Survitec celebrates centenary with virtual museum

(Posted on 16/10/20)

Survitec, a global provider of survival solutions, has partnered with the Museum of Godalming, located in Surrey, England, to curate a first-of-its-kind virtual museum to mark the company’s 100-year anniversary.

The museum showcases inventions and patents that have played a pivotal role in maritime, energy, defence and aviation safety, often helping to shape international safety rules and guidelines.

Ron Krisanda, Executive Chairman, Survitec, said: “The virtual history museum highlights key milestones in the maritime and aviation industry starting with our company founder’s invention of liferafts in the 1920s. Working with the Museum of Godalming, we’ve been able to chronicle the early years of survival products, including the world’s first marine evacuation and submarine escape suit.. At Survitec, we have a long history of saving lives so it is with enormous pride we mark this important contribution to maritime, energy, defence and aviation industries.”

The Godalming Museum is located where Survitec’s founder, Reginald Foster Dagnall, established his first liferaft production facility. Survitec, then known as RFD, supplied survival products during the Great War and is credited with inventing the world’s first infant lifejacket, the first fast jet anti-G trousers, and even helped develop the first Apollo space suit for NASA.

Alison Pattison, Curator, Godalming Museum, said: “Survitec’s story really started in 1920, when Dagnall put his engineering flair and innovative thinking to work manufacturing lightweight inflatable rings designed for an aircraft’s fuselage. This prevented a ditched plane from sinking and allowed the craft to be recovered. His technology evolved to facilitate the rescue of aircrews and, in 1932, a method of automatic inflation was introduced, signalling a major breakthrough for the company and revolutionising the industry for years to come.

“Godalming Museum has a fascinating collection of photographs documenting RFD’s work,” said Pattison. “The museum has a large stock of images, voice interviews with staff from the past and a large bank of information, which we are making available to Survitec to celebrate the company’s centenary. It really is a fascinating insight into a company that has managed to weather the passage of time.”

This year also marks the 100th reference for Survitec’s Marin Ark 2 marine evacuation system, a technology testament to Dagnall’s foresight and pioneering work in inflatable evacuation systems.

The virtual museum, which can be visited at www.survitecgroup.com/100Years, includes television news footage, survivor stories and interviews, along with a number of videos highlighting the evolution of lifejackets, liferafts, marine evacuation systems and more over the years.

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