UFO drawings from The National Archives

CLARKE, David (2017). UFO drawings from The National Archives. Four Corners Irregulars . London, Four Corners books. (In Press)

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Abstract

Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky from observant, and sometimes imaginative, members of the public. As well as letters and official reports, the UFO files contain photographs, drawings and even paintings of these curious sightings. David Clarke has selected examples from The National Archives to present a history of British UFO art and the remarkable stories behind these images, including an alien craft on the A1, flying saucers over Hampstead, and a spaceship landing at a primary school in Macclesfield. Dr David Clarke is Reader and Principal Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include investigative journalism, contemporary legends and rumours. Since 2008 he has worked with The National Archives during the release of UFO files created by the Ministry of Defence. UFO Drawings From The National Archives is part of the Four Corners Irregulars, a series about modern British visual history. Three books will be published in autumn 2017, with further titles to follow, presenting introductions to important but overlooked areas of creativity. The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. It works to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations.

Item Type: Authored Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: archives, art, UFOs, extraordinary experiences, The National Archives, Ministry of Defence
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
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Depositing User: David Clarke
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 10:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 10:59
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16394

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