Tuesday 25 September: Lecture - 'Balloonomania' Belles: The Lost History of the Lady Aeronauts


6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX

Doors open 6.15pm; lecture starts at 6.30pm. Tickets include wine

Lecture given by Sharon Wright


During the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Europe was gripped by ‘Balloonomania’, a craze for hot air balloons which originated in France and soon spread across the Channel to England. Although limited by the conventions of the time, women managed to be in the vanguard of development in balloon flight. In this talk, writer, editor and columnist Sharon Wright will tell the stories of the daring women of the Georgian era who joined the quest for spectacle, danger and adventure in the sky and found freedom in the clouds when there was little to be found on the ground.


This talk forms part of our 'Women of Substance' lecture series