01 Mar 2017
1 March, Wednesday
An empire of the skies: Airship science and the imperial discovery of the atmosphere
Dr Martin Mahony, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Nottingham Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
In 1920s Britain 'airship fever' gripped the public imagination, as the government embarked on an ambitious scheme to tie the British Empire together with a new globe-spanning network of dirigible transport. The airships, it was hoped, would change the relationships between metropole, dominion and colony, as well as the relationships between earth and sky. In this illustrated talk, Dr Mahony will examine these relationships, asking what the airship scheme can tell us about historical attitudes to weather and climate, and about more contemporary kinds of atmospheric risk.
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