The first volume which is an introduction to the Airfield Research Group’s partwork of 20th century military architecture.
A4 Hardback book with 286 pages, illustrated with b/w plans, drawings, and photos.
The first volume is based mostly on our own archive material, including site, building drawings and photos stored within our facility at Alconbury. The main emphasis of the series are RAF stations but as the archives also has material on War Office architecture and aircraft factories, these are also covered in the appendices.
Volume 1 is in 2 parts plus 16 appendices.
Part 1 The Evolution of Britain’s RAF Stations(concentrates on the First and pre-second World War period). It has the following chapters: History 1911-19; Training Organisation 1912-19; TDS Planning and Construction 1917-19; The Post-war Political Climate 1919-30; Aerodrome Development 1920-33; Post-war Disarmament and Rearmament 1931-39; Planning of the RAF Expansion Period 1934-40; Aircraft Supply and Maintenance; Training 1920-40; Aircraft Storage Units and Aircraft RepairAn Overview of aerodrome Buildings 1939-45.
Part 2 Building Descriptions: Hutting; Barrage Balloon Depots; Air Raid Shelters
Appendices: Department of Fortifications and Works; Ministry of Munitions Disposals; Aerodrome Construction 1914-19; Smith-Barry and the Gosport Doctrine; Oldham Aircraft Factory and No.1 American AAP; William Cooper Ltd; Notes on the Control of Building Materials; RAF Progress of Works; Notes on Upper Heyford 1917-27; Air Estimates, Vote 4 1920-39; The RAF Expansion Schemes; Overview of Militia Camps; Temporary Office Buildings; Air Raid Precautions at Aircraft Factories; Halton 1920-40; Armstrong’s Last Design.