LIVESTREAM The BIS Moon Suit

Live Q&A Date:  22 July 2020, 1900

Title:  The BIS Harry Ross/Ralph Smith Moon Suit

Speaker: Stephen Abs Wisdom

Stephen Wisdom, as a renowned prop maker and historian, made the full size replica of the British Interplanetary Society’s 1950s Lunar Suit which is on permanent display at The National Space Centre in Leicester. In his talk he will speak about his fascination in the ‘how?’ of history, the nuts and bolts, the engineering and the mechanics by which the adventurers and explorers of the past made their great journeys.  He will tell how he, in effect, had to ‘become’ the designers, Harry Ross and  Ralph Smith, to find and incorporate the materials and technologies that were around at the time.

Biography:

Stephen Wisdom is a well-known expert prop maker and historian, who has recently made a full size replica of the British Interplanetary Society’s Lunar Suit as designed by Harry Ross and Ralph Smith in the immediate post-WW2 period.  It is now on permanent display at The National Space Centre in Leicester. Stephen’s personal story though is much more rooted to the past than just a passing interest as he has lived and breathed history, in many forms, for over thirty years.

He is fascinated by the ‘how?’ of history, by the nuts and bolts, the engineering and the mechanics by which the adventurers and explorers of the past made their great journeys. So too is he thrilled by the rip-roaring adventures  that history provides, and where possible he tries to live a version of these in his every-day life. He has built replica 1930’s racing cars, full size WW1 aircraft and is a near permanent feature behind the lens when working with numerous television and film projects. The conquest of Space has been a particular love and he is working on two highly accurate Mercury era suits and has plans for a Mars suit to go with them.

His research into espionage diving in the Great war saw him not just read up about it, but don hard-hat diving apparatus and try it out for himself , experience that would serve him very well in the conception and design process by which the replica suit was made.

He’s a familiar face at heritage sites up and down the U.K where he is a very popular performer,  and lives in a 17th century cottage in Norfolk, which he describes as a constant battle between actually existing and finding space for the ever growing manifest of artefacts and props which are drawn to him like matter to a black hole!

Stephen Wisdom and the BIS Moon Suit

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