There is a Substack newsletter called 'Building Passions' which you can subscribe to if you'd like to read weekly posts about (the history of) buildings and related matters. 
BSI published a podcast in 2021 which includes the history of British Standards and the pivotal role of Sir John Wolfe Barry in establishing the organisation (from 5'20" in to the recording).
Contact for all talk requests - happy to do remote- casting to avoid travel costs.


The book Building Passions: Brunel, Barry and 'modern' Victorian architecture).is about the shared story of two families of 19th-century engineers and architects who were passionate about building what would become iconic Victorian structures. One family was the Brunels. The other family was the Barrys. You can 'Buy the book' , or if you would just like to know more about its contents then please read on.

The key structures built by the Brunels and Barrys include:

  • Tower Bridge, London
  • The Houses of Parliament including Big Ben, London
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
  • The Royal Opera House and Floral Hall, London
  • Paddington Station, London and Box Tunnel, Wiltshire, part of the Great Western Railway
  • TheThames Tunnel, London
  • Highclere Castle (location of "Downton Abbey") and Cliveden House, Berkshire
  • The Travellers and Reform Clubs, London
  • The SS Great Britain, Western and Eastern

The book also refers to these significant structures:

  • The Crystal Palace, London (burned down in 1936)
  • The Grange, Ramsgate, UK
  • Oriel Chambers, Liverpool, UK
  • The Red House, Beckenham, UK
  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • Hotel Tassel, Brussels, Belgium
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

You can see a full list of the structures mentioned in the book with links to more information on them.