Flying From Croydon: A Special Event on 1930s International Air Travel

26 September

Airport tour 1-2pm

Seminar at Aerodrome Hotel 2.30-4.30pm

The ancient past meets modernism with a juxtaposition of 1930s aerial photography, film, archaeology, celebrity pilots and archaeologists. Come to Croydon Airport to find out more about lost empires and the people who recorded their excavation.
A tour of Croydon Airport between 1-2pm will be followed by a seminar in the neighbouring Aerodrome Hotel. The Human Adventure, a 1935 film on archaeology in the Middle East produced by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago will be screened together with photographs taken by the Imperial Airways pilot chartered for the expedition, Captain Gordon P. Olley, from Croydon Airport Society’s archives. Introductory talks by academics Lindsay Allen (Kings College London) and Amara Thornton and Michael McCluskey (University College London’s Filming Antiquity project will explore the connections between aviation, archaeology and discovering the past in the 1930s.