This is the third volume of John Hannavy’s series of books exploring the
country’s rich and varied industrial heritage. It is presented in the same format as
the earlier two books – Britain’s Industrial Heritage and Our Industrial Past – More
of Britain’s Industrial Heritage.
This time John Hannavy explores a similarly eclectic range of topics. ‘Paper
and Print’ is an obvious choice of subject, exploring the history of the printed
word and the papers on which it – and this book – are printed.
Industry’ looks at the mechanization of food production and the impact it had on
rural employment, while ‘Communications, Computers and Codebreakers’
chronicles the evolution of radio, television and computers, and includes the work
of the pioneering inventors and code-breakers – including the author’s aunt –
who worked with early computers.
‘China, Tiles and Glass’ explores the mechanization of glass and clayware,
while ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ delves into the fascinating rise of the steam
The importance of modern communications is continued through two
chapters looking at ‘Roads and Bridges’ and ‘Road Transport’.
The book contains more than 270 colour illustrations – many of them taken
specially for this project – and, once again, a detailed Gazetteer at the end of the
book lists many of the attractions which preserve and celebrate our industrial history.
John Hannavy is a writer, photographer, photographic historian and incurable steam enthusiast.
A retired academic, he continues to devote his time to exploring, photographing and writing
about Britain’s industrial past.
This is his sixth book for Halsgrove, following Preserved Steam-powered Machines,
Edwardian Mining in Old Postcards, The Once-ubiquitous Paddle Steamer, Britain’s Industrial
Heritage and Our Industrial Past.
Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 111 2, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published 2017.