BTS at 50 Book

The BTS will be 50 in March 2021. To mark this event, the BTS proposes to publish a book.

Whilst we have now passed the deadline for contributions, if you would still like to contribute to the book, please contact Ken Spiby, and we may be able to squeeze you in..


Progress Report - April 2020

This project is all about the contributors, and we will be bringing you regular updates as we work towards a publication date of March 2021 (to coincide with the 50th Anniversary).

We have now received 275 stories from 172 contributors covering a broad cross-section of the industry. This is more than we anticipated and is sufficient for us to produce a book. However, as we lay out Chapters, specific 'gaps' are noted where we feel an additional piece may help. During April and May, we will be asking for specific contributions to fill these.

We are now working on laying out the stories into Chapters, finding apppropriate illustrations and we are working with a Publisher and Page Designer to start laying out the book.

Further information will be available soon.


Do you have any suitable high quality photographs? These may be photographs of people, projects, or techniques to accomapny a particular story or may simply be an outstanding photograph you have. We are particularly keen to receive photographs of people.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Sarah Langley


Pulling together stories written by many different authors, into a book that maintains a consistent style and is arranged in themes is going to be a significant challenge. Are you able to help with:

  • Researching facts or illustrations
  • Indexing photographs
  • Identifying people and seeking permission
  • Keeping authors informed

We would greatly appreciate whatever level of committment you are able to give. Please contact Ken Spiby


We recognise that, even with most tasks undertaken by volunteers, producing a book will not be cheap. We would very much like to keep the purchase price as low as possible, and to allow for a free copy to be sent to all volunteers, and to certain educational establishments (though unfortunately, due to the number, not to all authors).

We are therefore requesting sponsorship from supporters. Corporate and individual sponsorship is available at a number of grades, with appropriate recognition wthin the book. The levels are:

  • Platinum - £7500
  • Gold - £5000
  • Silver - £2000
  • Bronze - £500
  • Individual - £100

For more information, please see the attached flyer (click 'download').

Payment is not required until summer 2020, but early payment is possible. To sponsor, please click here.

If you are able to help with sponsorship, please contact Anita Wu.


The BTS will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in March 2021. To mark this significant event, we intend to produce a celebratory book which will appeal to both past and present members.

If you have any queries, please contact Ken Spiby

If you would like to help, please read on...