Thanks to Derek Vane, who sent in this photograph of his
granddaughter and her school friend, pupils at Cheltenham Ladies'
College who attended my talk at the Science Festival at Cheltenham
in June 2004.
Edinburgh Awards- click on thumbnails to see photographs with
me and the winners!
I was lucky enough
to present the Write Here, Write Now awards in December 2003....here's
me with the winners.
(9 years) and Jethro (8 years) who were inspired to make this
paper tower after a Science
Shack episode on constructing high buildings last summer.
Thanks to their grandmother Janet Gilbriath for sending in
Emma, a 13-year-old fan (in July 1999!) emailed me
to say that after watching an episode of Local Heroes she had a
completely different view of science, physics in particular. Emma
decided I would attempt to make your very clever Thunderstorm
detector and put it up to the test. As my Dad and I collected a
few bits and bobs we had the right equipment to make the device.
The ringer was not as good as the one on the T.V. but still I sat
it on my windowsill and went to sleep. After about one hour the
device begin to make a very faint sound and gradually got a little
louder. All of a sudden the heavens opened and soon after
you could hear the crackle of thunder and the flash of lightening.
It was all very exciting."
In January 2004 Stephen Pullar from Scotland wrote
to my agent, who passed on his letter, which was full of
interesting facts about his home town. His letter is here for you
Dear Mr Willcocks,
My name is Stephen Pullar and I am 13 years old. I am a huge fan
of Adam Hart-Davis.
I watch all of the Local Hero programs and bought some of his
books, I even received his autograph which was very kind of him. I
was on his website and saw that I could write to you to maybe
organise a visit from him. I know that I am only a school student
and will probably not have the right but would he ever consider
coming to Dundee? We have The Royal Research Ship Discovery, The
Unicorn, The North Carr Light Ship, The Verdant Works (an old jute
mill museum) and various other pieces of history. We are famous
for our Jute, Jam and Journalism. As well as having the only
public Observatory. Dundee was well known for the Tayside area
like The Broughty Ferry Castle, The Dundee Museum with the
skeleton of a whale in it and original tools used to catch the
whales. James Chalmers from Dundee invented the postage stamp, The
Tay Rail Bridge was the longest in the world when first built and
then of coarse there was the terrible disaster of it falling down
into the Tay. James Bowman Lindsay was in Dundee when he gave a
demonstration of a light bulb but did not actually invent it, this
could however still be an interesting point. I have enclosed some
pictures and a map with the points of interest for you to have a
look at in case you decided to come to Dundee wither for the Local
Heroes program or history programs that Adam does.
There is a science centre in Dundee called "Sensation" which might
be of interest to you and some historic buildings around the city.
I feel that Adam would have plenty to talk about here.
I can only hope some of this may be of interest to you and will
maybe receive a reply about your decision.
Yours sincerely, Stephen Pullar.
How many of us know so much about the history of
the place where we live? Sadly I was too busy to go to visit his
school; but when early in 2005 I instead sent a copy of my book
for him to give to his school library he wrote me a lovely letter
of thanks - with a better suggestion:
Thank you very much for the lovely letter you sent me on the 31
January, it was ever so kind of you and to receive a signed
edition of your books was one of the best privileges I will ever
have. Although my school would appreciate the book very much, I
know that in time it would get slightly worse in condition with
all the people touching and handling it, therefore I would like to
ask you, would it be possible for me to hold onto the book and
when I am out I will buy another copy of it to give to my school,
on your behalf. I hope you will not mind this but please let me
know if you would like the school to receive the book and I will
of course do so.
I would also like to mention that coincidently your new program
that is to start on Tuesday 15 February which is my birthday so I
will be tuning into that with great delight. You will have
probably noticed that the letter is addressed to you personally,
this is simply because your address was quite clear under the
sticker and so I hope you do not mind.
Once again thank you ever so much for the letter and the book you
sent me/my school.
All the best, Stephen Pullar.
PS. I have enclosed a small photo of myself (which I had taken a
few weeks ago for my holidays) just to let you see who you have
been writing to and receiving letters from.
PPS. I was on Amazon looking for your other books after receiving
your first reply letter just before Christmas and so my
grandfather bought me some of them, I have 100 LOCAL HEROS, MORE
LOCAL HEROS, THE WORLDS STUPIDEST INVENTIONS and TALKING SCIENCE.
They are all fantastic books and I have read half of THE WORLDS
STUPIDEST INVENTIONS which is very interesting, some of the
patents these people took out were crazy in some ways but clever
Thank you very much once again.
Here is the picture of him:
I received this lovely letter asking my thoughts
on Aliens in the Universe...........
I was also honoured to receive the first letter a
very young fan called Bessie had ever written. Here it is:
Howard Storey tried some of the challenges I set
in 'Why Does a Ball Bounce?' and sent in photographs of his
And Henry Coleman (aged 5) sent me a very nice
thank you letter...............
As did my dedicated fan
Matthew Wicks wrote to me about his Mechanical Analogue Video