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Flying Through the 30s: A one day symposium on air travel and interwar Britain.

16 April 2016
The Aerodrome Hotel, Croydon Airport

9:45 – 10:15 Coffee and Registration

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome Address
Peter Skinner (Croydon Airport Society): ‘History of Croydon Airport and the Jimmy Jeffs’ Collection’

10:30 – 11:30 ‘Flying into the Unknown’
Luke Seaber (UCL): ‘“Upon its glittering lake /Lie Europe and its islands”: The     “Groundmindedness” of Auden and Others in the ’30s’
Daniel Kilburn (UCL): ‘A pilot’s perspective on the formation of modern airmindedness through the 1930s’
Henry K Miller (Cambridge/Anglia Ruskin/Slade): ‘Lumière Comes to Croydon’

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee and Tea Break
Jacky Pett will introduce her display of archival material and book about her father’s work with Imperial Airways in the 1930s.

11:45 – 12:45 ‘Aviation Fever’
Rebecca Harrison (UEA) and Rachel Kapelke-Dale (UCL): ‘Sweethearts of the Skies:     

Gender, National Identity and the “Aviatrix”’

Kathryn Simpson (Cardiff Metropolitan University): ‘Taking Flight: The Literal and Literary          Flights of Lady Mary Heath and Virginia Woolf’
Francis Dyson (UEA): ‘Egypt and Back with Imperial Airways: Ruth Stuart’s Passion for Air         Travel’

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 Tour of Croydon Airport and Museum

14:30 – 15:45 ‘Tension in the Air’
Derek Ryan (University of Kent): ‘Bunny in the Air: David Garnett, Flight and Animality’
Sarah Fill (Royal Holloway): ‘The Aerial Vision of Paul Nash’
Simon Goulding (Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust): ‘Look to the           Skies! Orwell, Warner and the Coming New War’
John Higgins (University of Stirling, retired): ‘A Novelist’s View of Flying for Fun’

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee and Tea Break

16:00 – 17:00 ‘Flying Business’

Michael McCluskey (UCL): ‘Croydon Calling: The Documentary Aerodrome’
Nicola Darwood (University of Bedfordshire): ‘Flying Dangerously: Elizabeth Bowen’s To the       North
Guy Woodward (Maynooth University): ‘A Solar Emperor: Robert Byron Flies East’

17:00 – 17:30 Roundtable Discussion
All presenters and audience members are invited to speak about the day, share memories and stories of Croydon Airport, make connections between papers, and consider ideas for future collaborations.

£35 Standard
£30 Speakers
£25 Students

Registration fee includes three-course lunch, coffee and tea breaks, and tour of the Croydon Airport Museum.

To register: http://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/   (Search: Flying through the ’30s)

How to get here:
The symposium will be held at The Aerodrome Hotel (part of the Hallmark Hotel chain), Purley Way, Croydon, CR9 4LT

The hotel is just next to the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre.

By Train
Waddon is the nearest station and a 10 minute walk to the hotel/airport. We have found this to

be the most direct route from London. Trains leave from Victoria, and Oyster cards are acceptable to Waddon and on return. Out of Waddon Station turn right then turn left onto Purley Way. The Aerodrome Hotel will be on right.  The 289 bus also goes from Waddon Station to Croydon Airport.

Purley is 10 minutes from the airport/hotel by 289 bus.

East Croydon is 20 minutes from central London and then 15 minutes to the airport/hotel by the 119 bus.

By Bus
Bus routes that serve Croydon Airport are the 289 and 119. Buses stop outside Croydon Airport/TheAerodrome Hotel or across the road at The Colonnades.

Dr Michael McCluskey (UCL)
Dr Luke Seaber (UCL)
Dr Amara Thornton (UCL)
Dr Debbie Challis (Croydon Airport Society)



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