The Unblinking Eye: 55 Years of Space Operations on Fylingdales Moor
3rd August – 3rd November Whitby Museum Exhibition Room
The Unblinking Eye:55 Years of Space Operations on Fylingdales Moor makes public for the first time objects from RAF Fylingdales Archive alongside new works by Dr Michael Mulvihill. Dr Mulvihill has been the first Artist in Residence at RAF Fylingdales (2016-2019) as part of an AHRC Northern Bridge PhD between the School of Arts and Cultures and School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. The exhibition presents new research on the history and affects of RAF Fylingdales in local, national and international contexts, highlighting North York Moors integral role in international space monitoring and the cultural legacy of the iconic “golf balls”.
To complement the exhibition there will be a series of public programme events outlined below and an exhibition catalogue.
Remembering the Golf Balls: Saturday 31st August 12.00-16.00
Drop-in Oral History Collection
Do you have memories of RAF Fylingdales? Did you or someone you know work there? Can you remember it being built? Come along to this drop-in session in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum and share your memories which will build the foundations of an oral history archive. The memory collection should take around 15 minutes per person, recorded and then transcribed for archiving.
Military Landscapes: Sunday 8th September 11.00-14.00
Free Guided Walk from Saltergate Car Park towards RAF Fylingdales
Dr Michael Mulvihill and Professor Rachel Woodward (human geographer specialising in military geographies, Newcastle University) will lead a walk along part of the Lyke Wake Walk towards RAF Fylingdales. The walk will make visible the complex phenomenological impressions and interactions the military and space radar has upon the landscape and environment of the North York Moors National Park. The walk is FREE but places are very limited, for more information and to secure your place please visit our Eventbrite page by clicking here.
The Unblinking Eye
Talk Thursday 19th September 18.00-19.30
Public talk in the Museum Normanby Room. Dr Michael Mulvihill (Artist in Residence at RAF Fylingdales) and Professor Richard Clay (Professor of Digital Cultures, Newcastle University) discuss the artist residency and the making of the BBC Four radio programme Two Minutes to Midnight, exploring why we are no longer afraid of nuclear annihilation, and whether we should be https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bgrwm3. The talk is FREE but tickets should be booked in advance by visiting our Eventbrite page here.
Stargazing with Whitby Astronomical Society Saturday 26th October 19.00-20.00 (setting up 18.45) Location: Archery Green (next to the Skate Park), West Cliff, Whitby. An evening of stargazing led by Whitby Astronomical Society focusing on planetary observations of Saturn and Jupiter, mapping the stars and viewing satellites across the night sky, (weather permitting). No need to pre-book just join us on the night.