The new film starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, The Aeronauts, is based on the true story of a balloon venture, hailed as one of the greatest journeys of Victorian exploration.

The film is about the adventures of scientist James Glaisher and his pilot, who took to the skies in a gas balloon, named Mammoth, in an endeavour to further knowledge of meteorology.

The site of the launch, which took place in 1862, was from Stafford Road gas works site in Wolverhampton, close to where the University of Wolverhampton Science Park now stands.

Glaisher’s pilot in the record breaking achievement in 1862 was one of the country’s leading balloonists, Henry Coxwell.

 

 

The viaduct in the image puts into perspective where the balloon began its ascent and the blue plaque, commemorating this remarkable achievement, adorns one of the building at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, close to the location of the launch.

Find out  more about this incredible journey of exploration and courage, courtesy of BBC and  local historian and writer Jefny Ashcroft here