About us

Based on the East coast of Essex, Phillips Design is inspired by our wish to share our love of everything to do with the Thames sailing barges which grace this part of the world.

Rita began working for the East Coast Sail Trust on board the S.B. Thalatta in 2000 and was moved to write an account of the fun and excitement enjoyed by groups of children through the work of this Charity. This account “The Thalatta Diaries” published by Heritage House (Publishing) Ltd is available through ourselves or any good book shop.

Some years ago we identified the need for a reference book which would allow enthusiasts to identify those Thames sailing barges still operating around our coast and to learn something of their history. Thus was born “An Illustrated guide to Thames Sailing Barges.” which is now in it's seventh edition and recognised as a standard work of reference on the subject. From the success of this book grew "The illustrated guide to fishing smacks and bawleys" and now our latest works "The illustrated guide to the aircraft of the Battle of Britain" and "The illustrated guide to the racing barges".

From the need for illustrations for the guides has grown a whole range of Greetings cards, key rings, fridge magnets, photographs and Calendars featuring contemporary images of Thames barges, historic aircraft and historic fishing vessels. We are also specialised suppliers for small print runs of local interest greetings and post cards. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We can also supply Key Rings, fridge magnets and greetings cards specifically to the requirements of your business so please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance

Rita and Peter Phillips