Robert versus The Flying Saucers by Mat Irvine

Speaker: Mat Irvine
Date: 12 February 2020
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30
Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

There’s an odd link between the man who launched the world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket – Robert Goddard – and the site of what is supposed to be the world’s most famous crash of a UFO – that link being the New Mexican town of Roswell. At the one end of town you will find a recreation of Goddard workshop – a mile away is the UFO Museum! Outside of town is the actual Goddard launch site – less certain is the site of the ‘crash’.

The talk Robert vs The Flying Saucers addresses all of this!

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About the Speaker:

Mat Irvine  

Mat joined the BBC at the time of Apollo, and spent some time unofficially supplying Television News with models that depicted this momentous event! He then moved to the Visual Effects Department – and got a two week trial. No-one told him otherwise, so he eventually left after 25 years. Although invariably thought of just working on SF series like Doctor Who and Blake’s 7, he designed a very wide range of effects for a very wide range of programmes; dramas, documentaries and comedies. His best achievement was the multi award-winning drama Edge of Darkness, though that too had a fantasy element. He was equally happy with factual space, devising miniatures and effects for such as Horizon, Tomorrow’s World and the three-part special, Spaceships of the Mind, where his knowledge of space came in useful. He’s also specialised in model kits for just as long, with numerous articles for magazines, and amongst his 13 books, six deal direct with model making. These include the definitive book on space models Creating Space. He also co-authored, with colleague Mike Tucker, BBC-VFX on the life and times of the Visual Effects Department.

He appeared on screen in many programmes, especially the kid’s Saturday morning three hour live Swap Shop and Superstore, talking about both effects and space. He has been a guest at many conventions, in recent years including the USA – twice at Wonderfest, also the Chicago Tardis and Gallifrey in Los Angeles.

Currently he occasionally runs the Doctor Who robot dog, K-9, (including the recent completion of the lost Who story, Shada) and still supplies factual space models to the Sky at Night, Stargazing Live and various exhibitions. He travels round the USA a great deal, visiting “interesting and weird space sites” He is still writing articles and books and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.


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