Current Projects

Paper Making

What started out as a simple project to take some pictures of Frogmore Paper Mill for volume 3 of the Britain's Industrial Heritage series of books, has expanded into a much wider exploration of paper-making from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The two-part feature will appear in 2017 in Vintage Spirit. Illustrated is paper being made on the small 1902 Fourdrinier machine at Frogmore.

Happy Birthday Waverley

June 2017 marks eventy years since the paddle steamer Waverley entered service on the Clyde. She is now the last sea-going paddler in the world, and can be seen regularly around Britain's coasts. Features on the vessel and her story will appear in both Scotland Magazine and Vintage Spirit. She is seen here passing through London's iconic Tower Bridge.

A Land Steeped in History

The county of East Lothian abounds with fantastic castles and historic churches, and is a microcosm of Scotland's often turbulent history. This article explores what is possible in just a few days in the country and will appear in 2016 in Scotland Magazine in late summer 2017. Illustrated is a detail from a window arch in Tantallon Castle which stands on a cliff edge looking out over the Firth of Forth.

Hereford Waterworks

Still with much of its original equipment in place, Hereford Waterworks is a magnet for steam enthusiast. John visited on one of the museum's 'Open Days' when there were numerous pumping engines all in operation – that wonderful smell of coal, hot oil and steam everywhere. The article will appear shortly in Vintage Spirit.

A French Miller's Tale

The little Moulin du Cotentin in Normandy is a rare survival of a very French type of windmill. It has been beautifully restored back to working order. The mill uses using the ingenious 'Systeme Berton' of mechanically adjustable louvred sails – which are known as wings in France –invented in 1842 by Pierre Théophile Berton. The feature will shortly appear in Vintage Spirit.


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

To order a copy, use the Contacts page.


Published by PiXZ/Halsgrove in October 2017, price £9.99, is  Edwardian Railways in Postcards a celebration both of the railways themselves and of the art of the postcard photographers, colourists and publishers. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of John Hannavy's currently available books. 

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