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Barnes Wallis became a household name after the hit 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Michael Redgrave portrayed him as a shy genius. Remembered for his varied contributions to aviation in the 20th century, from airships to reusable spacecraft, very little is known about his personal life.
Join Richard Morris as he sets out not only to place Barnes Wallis in his rightful place in the history of engineering but also to reveal the hidden contradictions, passions and ideas that made up this remarkable man.
Richard Morris is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Huddersfield. He has also worked as a university teacher, as director of the Council for British Archaeology, as director of the Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies, and as a writer and composer.
His book Churches in the Landscape is widely regarded as a pioneering classic, and Time’s Anvil was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and shortlisted for the Current Archaeology Book of the Year Award.