2018 will be a special year for engineering

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, 2018 will be a big year for engineering in terms of the sector promoting itself to a wider audience. One strand will be the Institution of Civil Engineers’ 200th anniversary celebrations. Details are gradually emerging from the ICE’s website on activities linked to a 200 theme. I’ll try to update as I find out more. Separately the UK Government is promoting a Year of Engineering for 2018.

So how will the centenary of Sir John Wolfe Barry’s death feature on 22 January 2018?

To be honest I’m not really sure, but at least there’s this website and I will try to publish something special on the day and promote it via contacts and social media.

Watch this space.

About this website

The author of this website about Sir John Wolfe Barry was Nick von Behr. I am indebted particularly to research and writing by the late James Sutherland. There is a more recent website about Wolfe Barry, Tower Bridge and other structures.

I populated this website with content in time for 22 January 2018, the centenary of John Wolfe Barry’s death. 2018 was the official UK Year of Engineering and the bicentenary of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the year structural engineer Roma Agrawal published her amazing book ‘Built’.

Originally I wanted to have some kind of commemoration in Westminster Abbey where a window can be found in his honour and his father is interred. More concretely, an English Heritage Blue Plaque was put up on the house where he died in London. This was a slow burner, having applied in December 2015, but it finally happened in 2019 coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge.

I have written a book called ‘Building Passions‘ about the 19th-century Brunel and Barry families of architects and civil engineers. Much of the material derives from this website and the research behind it.

The founder of the Kitemark

In 1901 Sir John Wolfe Barry was closely associated with the founding of the precursor to the British Standards Institution which would become famous for its Kitemark. I’ve added some new content about this.