Odyssey LogText Box: Andrew has been presenting public lectures and staging exhibitions for nearly 40 years and have participated in over 5,000 events. He regularly tours the UK with his Odyssey Dramatic Presentations® and Lectures® being invited back time and again due to popular demand. 

He has supported astronomy and space science public awareness in the United Kingdom since the late 1970s having organized and funded many public activities in support of Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry, Soho House Museum and the Avery Historical Museum. He was also co-organiser of the National Astronomy & Spaceflight Shows—shows of a style that changed the public view of astronomy events. He  conceived and managed a large number of public science projects using developing technologies including telerobotics.

He has also worked in USA, Europe, Australia, Russia, Middle East and North Africa. In 2005 he became the first western science speaker to tour Libya following the removal of sanctions. Due to the success of this work he was asked to return to Libya in 2006 and project manage a science and public awareness team to observe the total eclipse of the Sun, promote safe observation and stage a lecture tour.

He is a man of many interests who specializes in space science and astronomy from both a current and historical perspective. In these fields he is renown for his extensive knowledge which is always up to date. His research into the 18th century Lunar Society revealed many new and exciting discoveries about their activities including the discovery that Matthew Boulton, a man ahead of his time, had built an astronomical observatory in the grounds of Soho House, Birmingham.

Another main area of interest of Andrew’s is the Titanic. After many years of dedicated research he is now recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. His research into the Birmingham and Midlands’ connections of the Titanic has been extensive and led him to write, direct and produce a stage show ‘1912: A Titanic Odyssey.’ He has also written and performed a 10  and 12 part series about all aspects of the Titanic from its conception to its re-discovery. For the Titanic Centenary Commemoration he staged a large multi-media exhibition tracing the history of the ship with emphasis on its Midlands’ connections. 

He has worked in cooperation with The Planetary Society, the world’s largest space interest group, for over thirty-years. A graduate of the London Academy of Radio Film and Television where he studied presentation techniques and television production. He can be heard regularly on BBC Radio WM where he is  known as “The Urban Spaceman” and WM’s “Titanic Expert”, and also on Talk Radio.

From 2010-2014 he was the Curator of the Avery Historical Museum located at the famous Soho Foundry in Smethwick. This gave him a unique insight into the history of the world famous heritage site and the history of W. & T. Avery Limited (now Avery Weigh-Tronix the UK trading name of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) of U.S.A.). In 2016 he worked at Soho House Museum where he established a reputation as an historical guide.

He has a Masters Degree in Astronomy with particular emphasis on Planetary Science. His current projects include working with the California Institute of Technology JPL on promoting the Cassini Mission to Saturn; Acting as project manager of  The Antoniadi Project – a British concept of a space-probe to the Hellas Region on Mars; Developing new presentation techniques involving augmented reality to promote space science to the general public.

Andrew  also has a BA in Media Studies which he uses in conjunction with his knowledge of space science to promote astronomy and space exploration to the general public. He has acted as an advisor on a number of television and film productions as well as appearing in many of them.

Having studied performing art and acting at a number of theatres and stage schools, he combines the skills acquired into the trade-marked Odyssey Dramatic Presentations® and Lectures® that combine scientific knowledge, journalistic research with drama to present a unique performance. The presentations have now been taken to a new level with the ‘Odyssey Duo’ series which includes  Penelope Ferguson, a professional actress.

He has four books published ‘Lunatick Astronomy’ ,‘Life in the Balance’, ‘RMS Titanic: Made In the Midlands’ and ‘The Power of Balance W&T Avery Ltd in the First World War’, with a number of books in preparation covering the history of Avery’s, and Soho Foundry. 

Andrew has been awarded several times for my contributions to space science public awareness and am in constant demand on the lecture circuit for my unique and entertaining style.

Andrew is currently working with Made In Birmingham Television writing and presenting history programmes including the highly acclaimed ‘Streets of Birmingham’, the BBC commenting on space science and history, and Talk Radio commenting on Space science matters.

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