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UFO Drawings from The National Archives

Posted by Jon Dowling on

Occasionally I like to take a book that I think might otherwise slip our readers’ attention and throw a little more light on it here.

I’ve recently been really intrigued by a great little book that came into the studio the other week titled, ‘UFO Drawings from The National Archives’. It’s one of those books you can’t help dipping back into, whenever you have a spare moment.

The editor, David Clarke, has selected examples from The National Archives to present a history of British UFO art and uncovers 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.

The content comes courtesy of the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk. Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, it ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky from observant members of the public. As well as letters and official reports, the UFO files contain photographs, drawings and even paintings of these curious sightings.

UFO Drawings From The National Archives is part of the Four Corners 'Irregulars', a series about modern British visual history.


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