Kirkymoorside and District CC: Taylor Downing – Spies in the Sky, Thursday 20th January 2022, 7:30pm

Drone photography has become very popular over the last few years – offering a viewpoint on the world that can be transformational.  But this ‘view from above’ has a long and eventful history – beginning when the first photograph was taken from a balloon in 1858.   By the First World War aerial reconnaissance was proving crucial in directing operations, and by World War II photography formed a key part of an information arms race.

Join us as historian, author, and broadcaster Taylor Downing tells the fascinating story of how a group of highly specialised pilots, technicians and interpreters developed photographic skills and technology that played a vital role in winning the War.

Hear the story of how:

  • l specialised unarmed aircraft were flown fast and high to avoid enemy air defences   – often at the limits of both man and machine
  • l photographs were analysed at a top secret headquarters staffed by an ‘unlikely mix of eccentric scientists and wacky boffins’ 
  • l vital information was fed into key operations like the sinking of the Bismark, and the identification and tracking of Hitler’s V weapons

Taylor Downing graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a Double First in History.  He worked at the Imperial War Museum, before starting his own TV production company – producing many award-winning historical films.  He is also the author of several bestselling books, including ‘Spies in the Sky’  – Abacus, 2011.

You can find out more about Taylor and his work at his website:  Guests are welcome to join his Zoom session for a small fee – book your place now at: