Gordon Rogers

Location: Near Thame, Oxfordshire
About me...

My business life has been as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the promotion and sale of large areas of residential development land in the Home Counties.
It wasn’t until the year 2010 that I became aware that the premises from which, as a schoolboy, I had nicked a couple of Blacker bombard anti-tank missiles and a box of L-delay fuses 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.

About my talks...

I have my own projector and laptop for the powerpoint presentation 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,


£40 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

Winston Churchill's Toyshop

It was in 2010 that I learned that the premises from which, as a schoolboy, I’d  nicked a couple of Blacker bombard anti-tank missiles and a box of L-delay fuses was “Winston Churchill’s Toyshop”, the UK’s premier weapons experimental station in WW2. 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. James Tuck was a very important member of the team: the Americans specifically asked for Tuck to go to Los Alamos where he played a vital role in the building of “the bomb”.

For such a serious subject it is surprising how much humour I can find; I like to think I get plenty of laughs.

Giving the presentation I have raised £5,000 for my local hospital: the talk has been well received at both the Gurkha Museum and the National Army Museum in Chelsea

Serious Astronomy From the Crendon Observatory .....with a laugh!

2. Gordon Rogers

In another guise I give an astronomy talk concerning my observatory and various astronomical topics of contemporary interest.

I developed a passion for Deep Space astronomy and have built a state of the art observatory adjoining my house. 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.

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”

Gordon Rogers Contact Details:

01844 208530