Engineering & Architectural History
This theme is revealing useful contextual knowledge for those (who will be) involved in designing and building structures. It includes research on the Barry family's architectural and engineering talents, Sir John Wolfe Barry’s leadership positions in the Victorian and Edwardian engineering and associated sectors, and his close working relationship with Henry, son of the great British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
There are three main themes to my research on Sir John Wolfe Barry. I've developed a separate website about him in time for 22 January 2018, which wasa century after his death.
Science, Innovation and Technical History
This theme is a vital part of the story of the UK and how its economy has developed since the Industrial Revolution set it on a new path. Sir John Wolfe Barry was a fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national science academy founded in 1660, a privilege shared with Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. He helped establish and sustain the National Physical Laboratory (builder of the first atomic clock) and chaired the Engineering Standards Committee which invented the Kitemark and led to establishment of the British Standards Institution.