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Friday, 5 April 2013

A Local Author at the Museum

STOP PRESS.... Here is another event in April that didn't make it into the previous post! Local author Nigel Clarke will be launching his new book Adolf's British Holiday Snaps in the Museum at 6.30 pm on Saturday 20th April, followed by a talk in the Guildhall next door at 7 pm. Tickets, which include a glass of wine, are available at £5 from the Museum either in advance or on the day.

During World War 2, the German Air Force created a unique archive of reconnaissance photographs of Britain – the first aerial survey of the United Kingdom. At the end of the war, what remained of this extensive archive was sorted and interpreted in the UK before being sent to the United States. The photos remained classified until the 1970s when satellite imagery replaced them! Nigel Clarke's new book collects many of "Adolf's British holiday snaps", particularly from the South West of the country, showing it as it was before post-war industrialisation – with few large towns, no motorways, no shopping centres and only one international airport.

Nigel has kindly agreed that all proceeds from the book launch and talk will go to Lyme Regis Museum. Director David Tucker said “we are very grateful to Nigel for his generosity and we are very pleased to be selected as the venue for the launch of this impressive book”.


George Myers said...

I was told a similar set existed for Italy, an early aerial photogrammetry, which had, of course, strategic importance knowing where every building was. A spin-off is "close-range photogrammetry" In the early 90s I worked with a Rollei system being developed, using a number of photos, a hand drawn map, a registered camera and lens. Later a desktop computer with a digitizing tablet was used to create x,y,z triplets from a puck registering the photos with their registered "reseau" crosses. We used it in archaeology of hazardous materials site, NIKE nicad battery, to minimize contacts and advance the science and art of archaeology.

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