Gordon Rogers

Location: Thame, Oxfordshire
About me...

My business life has been as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the promotion and sale of large areas of residential building land in the Home Counties; one of my jobs was to auction 4 acres of Bletchley Park (with no knowledge of its illustrious pedigree!).

About my talks...

I have my own projector and laptop for the powerpoint presentations but would prefer to use insitu equipment if available. I shall need a sturdy table, a power point and a screen/plain wall upon which to project,


£50 plus mileage if more than ten miles from my home in Thame, Oxfordshire.

I do not make a charge for registered charities, but may require help towards travelling costs.

My Contact Details:

01844 208530

Winston Churchill's Toyshop

Only twelve years ago did I learn that the premises from which, as a schoolboy, I nicked a couple of Blacker bombard anti-tank missiles and a box of L-delay fuzes was “Winston Churchill’s Toyshop”, the UK’s premier weapons experimental station in WW2.
I wrote to the BBC suggesting they make a documentary: their response was:The BBC “does not accept ideas for programmes of a documentary or factual nature” so I decided to put together my own Powerpoint presentation. The title is arrived at in that when becoming PM Churchill knew of the massive War Office red tape; to by-pass this he appointed himself Minister of Defence and created just one Department –MD1 located at Whitchurch just north of Aylesbury. The department was to be under Churchill’s direct control via Lord Cherwell and over 50 weapons were invented which went into service. I have carried out extensive research at the Nuffield library in Oxford reading the papers passing between Churchill and Cherwell – fascinating stuff and the source of much information for my talk. James Tuck was a very important member of the team: he was a nuclear scientist who made a fundamental input into the allied war effort and yet the military seek to efface him from history.
It is such an untold story: I did manage to persuade the Discovery Channel to make a TV documentary but they only scratched the surface of the topic.

Military Moments circa WW2

Such a broad canvas but I have put together a collection of events where the great majority is likely to be novel to the attendee: even if known about I may well introduce an unexpected slant. Chosen topics are across the spectrum of utter bravery, incredible nerve, espionage, humour, deception, endurance, stupidity, survival and the macabre.

The Sky at Night

As a keen amateur astronomer this talk covers astronomical topics of contemporary interest both amateur and professional. I have a passion for Deep Space imaging and have built a state of the art observatory adjoining my house: I explain how this operates. Sir Patrick Moore filmed a whole “Sky at Night” programme at The Crendon Observatory and asked me to write a book about it in his astronomy series. It is published by Springer and entitled “My Heavens”. I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. It is a staggering topic but there is plenty of room for humour.

Photograph is of the Rosette Nebula in Monoceros and the exposure time is nine hours.



What people say about my talks.....

After presenting it at the Gurkha Museum Gerald Davies there wrote: “I would like to thank you on behalf of Winchester’s Military Museums for the tremendous lecture you gave last Thursday. I have had numerous telephone calls from members of the audience saying how much they had enjoyed it.”

The National Army Museum said they would like me to repeat the talk and three MOD weapons experts in the audience e-mailed to say they were “enthralled with what they heard.”  Hearing the talk at his Club an Air Vice Marshall said it was one of the best he had heard and far and away the most entertaining.

Gordon Rogers Contact Details:

01844 208530

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