"Scientia vis Augetur: Strength Grows Through Science." - NGTE Armorial Bearings
There has recently been an academic interest in urban exploration. This has piqued my interested in turn, as
it's caused me to rationalise and question my reasons for exploring these old forgotten places.
Pyestock was foremost in my thoughts when these papers were written which that has clearly come over.
Therefore whilst the Pyestock Diaries give a gritty, reactionary feel to my
urban exploration (both as an undertaking and my thoughts on the UK movement itself), the academic
papers are far more introspective, questioning the underpinning reasons and desires beneath it all.
Construction History Society Newsletter
Urban Explorers At The National Gas Turbine Establishment
I was asked to write a piece for the Construction History Society about urban exploration and
here's the result.
No. 74 August 2006
Writing for the architectural journal Blueprint, Mark Chalmers offered one of the best researched pieces
about the UK’s urban exploration scene and gave the activity some of the recognition it
deserves (especially in light of the awful press generated recently).
I was not interviewed for this piece, but the references to the Milk Crate Gang, John Harris and Richard Nickel
either point to extensive research or a thorough understanding of how urban exploration in the UK
developed. And to be mentioned by name in the piece is an honour.
International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSES) Newsletter
Pyestock - The National Gas Turbine Research Establishment
Interestingly, it was Pyestock's steam boilers which initially generated the most
interest. Philip Retter, of the International Stationary Steam Society,
initially contacted me with a view to writing a piece on the various steam boilers used at
his piece expanded to include a section on urban exploration as well.
Contact #4 September 2008