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In the summer of 1802, in the heady days of ‘balloonomania’ when tens of thousands of people flocked to view the ascent of hot air balloons in London, two flights were blown East over Epping Forest.

The intrepid ‘aeronauts’ published accounts of the amazing flights. Discover in this exhibition the stories, the characters and how their ‘aerial views’ prompted both humour and wonder in the early years of the 19th century.

Picture Credit: British Museum- Aquatint: An exact representation of M. Garnerin's balloons Print made by: Henri Merke /After: G.Fox