‘Hotels in the Sky - History of Zeppelins’ with Mike Ogden
In the opening presentation of the season, using both photographs and film of the period, Michael Ogden will tell the fascinating story of a lost technology, and a long forgotten way to travel the world
During the early years post the First World War, very few thought the aeroplanes would ever develop into a safe, efficient and affordable way to travel long-distances. The first airliners had only a short range – 500 miles at most – though that was probably plenty for the passengers because they were uncomfortable, cold, noisy, far from reliable -- and not very safe either.
What a contrast with airships, especially Zeppelins! They could cruise for thousands of miles, carrying more passengers in far greater comfort than aeroplanes. They had kitchens and toilets and, on trans-ocean flights, cabins and showers as well. They were a little slower than airliners but, more importantly, they were two or three times faster than the ocean liners they were competing against.
Come along on Monday 17th September to enrol and be enthralled.
Crowd scene at fairground rides at Belle Vue Gardens, Manchester, 1968
(Photo: Marshall Collection / Chetham's Library online archive)
17th September: Michael Ogden - ‘Hotels in the Sky - History of Zeppelins’
15th October: Julie Bagnall - ‘What to do with 323 Postcards’
19th November: Judith Atkinson - ‘A 1920s Bleaching, Dyeing and Weaving Mill’
10th December: Brian Selby - ‘Belle Vue’
21st January: Robert Humphrey-Taylor - ‘A STORM over Mellor
18th February: Anne Woods - ‘Adlington Hall’
18th March: Ann Hearle - ‘Early Water Power in Mellor & Ludworth’
15th April: Diana Leitch - ‘The Towers Estate’