So my first experience of the Bartlett from a student perspective - listening to current students present on their research. A real eye opener in terms of the diversity of subject matter and approach - occasionally baffling, nearly always engaging, esp. when it came to Miranda Critchley work on photographs of the building of the Metropolitan Railway in London - lots of ideas and avenues to think about for my research.
Clapham Wind Tunnel One area where being able to talk to the people who worked for John Laing is really helpful is unravelling the odd mystery. I have noticed that in a number of photographs from the 1950s there is one or two individuals who had a large L on their jacket. I speculated on what this might be and thought that most likely it was to designate the leader of a team of workers. I was able to put a short piece in John Laing's Retired Employees' News asking for any information on the mystery L and several people kindly wrote to explain the mystery - which was no real mystery at all. The L simply stood for Laing but only new employees would be given a jacket with the logotype and so this took a long time to permeate through the organisation. A case of applying Occam's razor and not overthinking things for me.