Heritage Open Days - Revd John Bacon, the Scientific Balloonist from Cold Ash

Rev John Bacon was a Victorian polymath: an astronomer, scientist, adventurer, pyrotechnician and prankster. Known as the Scientific Balloonist for his experiments aloft, he was a pioneer aerial photographer who coinvented the balloon hot-air burner.

This exhibition will tell the story in words and pictures of Reverend John Bacon (1846 - 1904), a remarkable Victorian man, born at Lambourn Woodlands, educated at Cambridge University and who came to live in Cold Ash, West Berkshire. 


Running for three days (17th, 18th and 19th September) and open each day from 12 noon to 5pm. Maximum 20 people per tour/session. For more information visit the website: 


Friday, 17 September 2021 - 12:00pm to Sunday, 19 September 2021 - 5:00pm
Event location: 
St Mark's Church
Cold Ash HIll
Cold Ash, Thatcham
RG18 9PT
United Kingdom