Maintaining the correct temperature and humidity in the church is critical to help ensure the ongoing care of an historic church pipe organ. A Tinytag data logger recording environmental conditions over time proved to be a cost-effective solution.
St. Matthews Church in Buckley, North Wales, is home to a
traditional pipe organ built by Bishop & Sons of Ipswich in
1905. It is worth many thousands of pounds, and the organist raised
concerns about the heating conditions in the church not being
suitable for the organ. It was suggested that the heating circuit
should be increased, however this action would have been costly and
not necessarily wise: hard facts about the actual conditions in the
church were needed before any decisions could be taken.
The British Organ Builders web site suggested the correct
temperature and humidity limits, and a Tinytag Ultra temperature
and humidity logger was chosen to monitor the atmosphere in the
vicinity of the pipe organ. It was hung at about head height at the
rear of the organ, recording every 30 minutes.
After reviewing several months' of data, the Church Maintenance
Committee was optimistic that the conditions were within those
recommended for traditional pipe organs. The monitoring will
continue until they are satisfied that a sufficiently long enough
period has passed to be confident about the results. However, since
the Tinytag is so unobtrusive and easy to operate it can simply be
left in position to record.
Gerald Shone, Chairman of the Church Maintenance Committee,
comments "The Tinytag logger
provides the hard evidence we needed about the conditions the organ
was exposed to. Using the logger should save us a lot of
unnecessary expense, and was very worthwhile in ensuring we
continue to care for the organ correctly."