King of all Balloons: talk about England’s first aeronaut at Museum of Oxford

Published: Monday, 7th March 2016

Oxford historian Mark Davies will discuss his new book, King of all Balloons, at the Museum of Oxford on Thursday 24 March.

The book discusses James Sadler, an Oxford pastry cook who became the first Englishman to build and fly a hot-air balloon, in Oxford in 1784.

Sadler – who acquired the nickname ‘King of all Balloons’ – and his sons broke many records, ascending from some 40 towns and cities.

His adventurous life brought him into contact with some of the most significant names in British science, politics, art and literature at the time, but Sadler ended his days back in Oxford in impoverished obscurity.

The free talk will take place in the Old Museum between 6pm and 7.30pm.

For more information, contact the Museum of Oxford on or 01865 252334.