Recent Editorial Projects

Fakenham Gasworks

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 Welcoming Light 

With navigation now reliant on GPS, the day of the lighthouse and lightship may be drawing to a close, but these welcoming lights have a special place in our history. This illustrated feature appeared in the March 2015 issue of Vintage Spirit

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.

The Promised Verses

It was a chance encounter between Robert Burns and the antiquarian Francis Grose which led to the writing of Scotland's most famous poem 'Tam o'Shanter'. This feature, published in the July/August 2014 issue of Scotland Magazine, told the story.


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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