I do not normally use the Forum to plug our meetings, but because this is the first time this talk has been booked for a WFA audience, I thought members interested in aerial photography; the RFC /RAF; mapping and battlefield archeology may wish to join us in Northampton this coming Thursday. Here is the blurb from our newsletter:
This month's speaker is archaeologist Martyn Barber, of English Heritage's Swindon-based Aerial Survey team. His talk on the Development of Aerial Photography is intruigingly called 'Mata Hari's Glass Eye & Other Tales: Pioneers of Aerial Photography', which is also the title of his latest book, published to mark the centenary of the first ever photograph of Stonehenge taken from an aerial balloon; a photograph which changed the world of archaeology. The book explains the significance of this image and the changes it brought to understanding and interpreting the landscape. Martyn tells us "Aerial photographs are our main method for finding new archaeological sites. They are invaluable for studying the past. For the coming lecture, I thought I’d focus on how aerial photography developed within the military (Royal Engineers /RFC/ RNAS/ RAF), particularly during WW1, and then show how the experiences of WW1 were subsequently put to use by archaeologists who had served in the RFC. Hopefully I’ll have some photos and stories you’ve not encountered before. I usually bring along some handouts, which includes a list of useful books, sources of aerial photographs etc".
more details available from the WFA site, and the brach site:http://www.freewebs....utthebranch.htm