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ISBN: 9780857101006
AUTHOR: John Hannavy
Our Industrial Past
Our Industrial Past
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Our Industrial Past is a companion to the author’s 2015 book Britain’s Industrial Heritage, and is presented in the same format, exploring an eclectic mix of themes covering many aspects of the technologies which powered Britain’s industrial development.

This time John Hannavy explores domestic topics such as ‘Building Britain’, ‘Putting a Roof over our Heads’, and ‘All Mod Cons’ looking at stone masonry, brick-making, slate cutting, the art of the thatcher, the histories of fresh water, flushing toilets, gas lighting and electricity.

Maritime themes including ‘Great Ports and Safe Havens’, ‘The Welcoming Light’ – the story of the lighthouse and lightship – and the fishing industry pay tribute to the importance of Britain as a sea-faring nation, while finally, ‘The Arms Industry’ explores the defence of Britain on land, sea and in the air, from the Mary Rose to the 1960s.The great weapons systems developed in the early years of the 20th century get special mention – the world’s first tank was built in Lincoln just over a century ago in 1915.

Once again, a detailed Gazetteer at the end of the book lists many of the visitor attractions which preserve and celebrate our history and the book is illustrated with an engaging mix of John Hannavy’s own original photography and historic photographs and postcards of these industries at their peak.

John Hannavy is a writer, photographer, photographic historian and incurable steam enthusiast. A retired academic, he now devotes his time to exploring, photographing and writing about how the advance of technology changed Britain. This is his fifth book for Halsgrove, following Preserved Steam-Powered Machines, Edwardian Mining in Old Postcards, The Once-Ubiquitous Paddle Steamer and Britain’s Industrial Heritage.

Imprint: PiXZ, ISBN 978 0 85710 100 6, 210x148mm, 144 pages, Published May 2016.

Britain's Industrial HeritageBritain's Industrial Heritage - £9.99
John Hannavy focuses on the golden-age of British industry, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Featuring canals, mining, iron and steel, railways, shipbuilding and shipping, manufacturing, and road transport, and with a comprehensive gazetteer of the principal sites open to the public.
Paddle SteamerPaddle Steamer - £9.99
This book by John Hannavy does not set out to be a comprehensive history of the paddle steamer. Rather it offers a series of snapshots of the fascinating story and enduring charm of paddlers over the last two hundred years, profusely illustrated by nostalgic historic images and the author’s own superb photography.
Edwardian Mining in Old PhotographsEdwardian Mining in Old Photographs - £9.99
The Edwardian postcard was the text message of its day and just about every colliery in Britain appeared was featured. Many of the images in this richly illustrated book by John Hannavy have never been published before, bringing the life of the Edwardian miner to a new audience.
Preserved Steam-Powered MachinesPreserved Steam-Powered Machines - £9.99
This book by John Hannavy is primarily a celebration of the diversity of preserved steam and the skill and perseverance of the volunteers who have ensured that steam will never die - the essential guide to where the mighty machines of Britain’s industrial greatness can still be seen and enjoyed.
Web Price: £9.99
11.58 EUR 12.49 USD 16.36 AUD

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