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The barrel: an invention of distinction; Making a barrel; Timber; Ancillary tradesmen; The village cooper; Coopering in the cities; Naval coopering; Buoys; Gunpowder; Maritime coopering; Miscellany; Coopering today; Bibliography; Glossary; Places to visit
Ken Kilby is a Vice-President and founder members of the Tools and Trades History Society. He comes from a family of coopers, his great uncle founding the cooperage of Samuel Kilby & Sons of Banbury, Oxfordshire, in the 1860s. He worked as an apprentice under his father at the old brewery of J. W. Green's in Luton, Bedfordshire until 1967, when he abandoned 'the block' and went into teaching.