Only three 'town gas' gasworks survive in Britain – one each in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This feature tells the story of town gas in general and Fakenham Gasworks in Norfolk in particular, and explores the surviving retort house and museum. The profusely illustrated article appeared in Vintage Spirit magazine in early 2016.
The Fantastic World of Jean-Paul Favand
The Musée des Arts Forains in Paris is one of that city's best kept secrets. Located in a former wine warehouse in Bercy, Jean-Paul Favand has assembled a world-class collection of fairground art and mechanical theatre. Working carousels take centre stage, but the thousands of items from the history of the fairground and mechanical theatre make for a unique experience. This 8-page feature appears in the April 2014 issue of Vintage Spirit.
The Battle of Bannockburn
The 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn will be commemorated with a great celebration and re-enactment of the battle on the site of the original battle. The new heritage centre will open just beforehand. This 10-page illustrated feature, which appeared in the June/July 2014 issue of Scotland Magazine tells something of the story of the 1314 battle.
The Ettrick Shepherd and the Mole-catcher's Widow
The friendship between James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd and his mother's former maid, Tibbie Shiel, played an important part in ensuring that Tibbie would never been forgotten. The feature was published in the January 2015 issue of Scotland Magazine.
H V Morton's Scotland
The travel writer Henry Vollens Morton enjoyed enormous popularity through his In Search of... books. For this three part series, which appeared between March and July 2014 in Scotland Magazine, John Hannavy recreated the journeys which lead to the publication of Morton's famous books In Search of Scotland and In Scotland Again.
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