160th anniversary of the SS Great Eastern launch:



British photographic History report – Robert Howlett remembered


A great report in the Royal Photographic Society Journal October issue Vol 157



One month until the rededication ceremony for Robert Howlett’s restored grave.  Here is a new view of the restored grave:

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Eastern Daily Press report on grave restoration:



Update 25/07/2017

In response to several kind donations offered after the closing date for Justgiving, a new Justgiving page has been started for donations which are still welcomed.  All funds will be used for the restoration, re-dedication and future care of Robert Howlett’s grave.  Find it here.


On 20th July I will be presenting a lecture at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the 160th anniversary of Robert Howlett’s magnificent portrait of IK Brunel.   Two years of research compressed into one hour.  Details below:

Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image


Happy 186th Birthday Robert Howlett

In celebration of his birthday, here is a rarely seen image courtesy of George Eastman Museum

“Yard at the Beehive” circa 1855



Historic England invite volunteers to contribute to their Enriching The List Project.

Here is my contribution to list entry Number: 1423608

Name: Site of the launch ways of the SS Great Eastern

Historic England Ref 1423608