The campaign against Concorde in Britain, 1962-1974.

Telling the story of Concorde’s critics – both those inside and outside of the state, rethinking our understanding of science and political culture in Britain and the United States during the post-war period. 

The story of Britain was one of the experts, ignored by an anti-scientific political elite, while the narrative for the United States was of experts tricking naïve politicians into an overreliance on rationality and objectivity.

This paper reverses these national characterisations and by explaining how and why supersonic transport received far more criticism in Britain than in the United States.

Understanding Technology is a series of public lectures presenting leading international research and ideas in the history, philosophy, politics and sociology of technology.

In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh

Header image: Concorde G-BOAA at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.

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Concorde G-BOAA

For almost 30 years, anyone who could afford the ticket could shoot across the globe at twice the speed of sound. How? By flying on Concorde, the world’s only supersonic passenger aeroplane.

The Concorde Experience

It's over 40 years since Scotland's Concorde took the skies in the first BA Concorde fleet commercial passenger flight. Don't miss the chance to get up close to G-BOAA.
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21 Feb 2018


Seminar Room, Learning Centre, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

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