The Men Who Invented Britain – an illustrated introduction to great British engineers

This was planned as my great 2020 project, with a long list of locations to be visited and photographed already mapped out, and now obviously on hold due to the current lockdown. I did visit some of the sites before they closed at the end of last season, and images from several of those locations have already been used to illustrate features which have appeared, or are about to appear, in Vintage Spirit magazine. However, despite the current restrictions research and planning on the project continues, with a view to getting back up to speed as soon as possible. Mock-ups of possible opening spreads of some of the chapters are reproduced below. Amongst the other inventors who will be featured are James Watt, John Smeaton, William Murdoch and the great railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson. As with many of my books, a gazetteer of locations associated with these great engineers and open to the public in normal times, will be included. Obviously, no planned completion date, and no scheduled publisher yet – or in the foreseeable future.



The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing, the remaining hardback copies now reduced to half price, just £10.00 + P&P

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Transporter Bridges – an illustrated history was published in hardback and e-book on 03 February 2020 by Pen & Sword Transport Books. The hardback is priced at £30. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of my currently available books. 

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