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I hope that you have enjoyed visiting this website. It encompasses some of my interests (except for canals and inland waterways which is covered in "Canalscape"). If you have any observations, suggestions or wish to report a broken link please do not hesitate to contact me via the email link below. And now a little about me written by my friend and colleague... Simon Wilson!

Cyril J Wood (e-mail hyperlink)

About the Author

Cyril J Wood has had an active interest in local history since being at school and photography when introduced to it by his brother James M Wood. He is also interested in various forms of transport (see Wheels and Props). Cyril is a qualified photographer and lecturer in photography. As well as being a prolific photographer and producing audio/visual presentations, to date he has had two books published… “The Duke’s Cut - The Bridgewater Canal” (first and second editions) and ”The Big Ditch - Manchester's Ship Canal” (first, second and now... third editions) both published by The History Press (formally Tempus Publishing). In addition to these two works... "Mersey Connections - Navigable Waterways Connected to the River Mersey" is currently in preparation. For more information about these publications visit Cyril J Wood's Author's Page at Amazon.co.uk.

In action with his Fuji Finepix S9600

(Photograph - Eleanor Ross)

The Author being interviewed by John Craven on the Manchester Ship Canal for BBC TV's "Countryfile" TV programme

(Screen-shot courtesy - BBC TV)

Cyril has also written "Photography in One" - an eBook covering the Theory, History and Practical aspects of analogue and digital photography, "Wyre Heal - A Local History of the Wirral Peninsula", "From Navy League to Wirral Met" - The History of Wirral Metropolitan College and its Campuses, a heptalogy entitled “Canalscape” documenting fifty years of canal cruising which also includes many additions such as "Don't Call It A Barge" and the History of Lymm Cruising Club, "Flying Bridges" - A Short History of the Transporter Bridge, "Steel Pins to MP3" - A Short History of Sound Recording and Reproduction, "Wonders of the World" - An eBook documenting the Planet's Wonders both natural and man-made, (all in eBook format), plus many articles for magazines on subjects ranging from photography, ciné & video, audio/visual and Wirral’s local history to canals and inland waterways. Many of his photographs have been featured in various forms of media as well.

"The Duke's Cut", "The Big Ditch", "Canalscape" and "Mersey Connections" front covers

The Author being filmed at Warburton High Level Bridge for BBC Learning's "Webwise" project

Cyril has also had involvement with other forms of media as well as photography and the written word. He is Radio Merseyside’s canals and inland waterways correspondent and has been involved in many programmes for the station. He was also contacted by researchers from BBC’s television series “What The Industrial Revolution Did For Us” regarding locations for the episode that concentrated on canals and “The Duke’s Cut” was extensively used for research during the programme. He was also interviewed by John Craven on the BBC's "Countryfile" programme when they produced a feature on the Manchester Ship Canal. Most of the archive photographs used in the programme were from "The Big Ditch" as well as facts and other information contained within the book. The "Countryfile" feature was also repeated in "Country Tracks". Cyril has been involved with the BBC Learning's "Webwise" series of Internet programmes where he was the subject of a film about photography, computers and the Manchester Ship Canal. More recently he was interviewed for the BBC TV series "What Canals Did For Us".

Simon Wilson

Colleague and Friend

If you would like to know more about my photographic experiences and equipment go to "Diarama Photography" or "Canalscape" for canals and inland waterways.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, I hope that you have as much pleasure looking at this Website as I have had producing it.


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