Society for the History of Astronomy

    Madeline Cox (find her poetry page here) is the Chairman and Librarian of the Society for the History of Astronomy whose main aims are to rediscover the UK's local and forgotten history of astronomy .

    Other Local Astronomy Societies 

    West Yorkshire Astronomical Society
    Sheffield Astronomical Society
    Nottingham Astronomical Society
    Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society
    Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
    This society sometimes has open days and/or observing sessions for the public.
    Lincoln Astronomical Society
    This society sometimes has open days and/or observing sessions for the public.
    Leeds Astronomical Society
    Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society
    Doncaster Astronomical Society
    Chesterfield Astronomical Society
    This society sometimes has open days and/or observing sessions for the public.
    BBC Astronomical Clubs and Societies
    Another collection of Astronomical Societies
    The Federation of Astronomical Societies
    Member Societies around the United Kingdom

    Astronomical Places To Visit Around the UK

    (Reviews by BAS Members)

    William Herschel Museum, Bath
    "Great visit to see the home and actual tools with which William and Caroline set such high standards in what was essentially amateur astronomy. Possibly worth a visit if in the area but not for a special trip" DW
    The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
    "A must for any astronomer. We unfortunately visited just before the recent renovations (Good excuse to go again), but we did reserve a place to view Saturn in the observatory telescope. The Maritime Museum, The Queens House and The Cutty Sark are also a short distance away. All well worth a visit." DW
    National Space Centre, Leicester
    "Great for children, on a par with Eureka in Halifax but with a strong space / science theme." DW
    NMPFT, Bradford
    The National Museum of Photography, Film and Telvision. IMAX theatre.
    "Always something interesting to see. Allow plenty of time to see a 3D IMAX presentation." DW
    Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
    "Kids learning and they think they are playing - brilliant. Unfortunately exhibits seem to get worn out pretty quickly and finish up under repair. Time your visit to ensure there is an interesting event on." DW
    Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
    "My favourite, as it is a visit as a 7 year old that first got me interested in astronomy. Recently visted a "Jodcast Live" event as a Jodcast where we took a look behind the scenes. New visitor centre is recent addition." DW
    Green's Mill, Nottingham
    Green's Mill is a surprising find. George green was a mathematician who contributed greatly to the science and mathematics of fluid dynamics. There is a science discovery exhibit for kids. The mill is now producing organic flour and regular guided tours are available.
    Cafe Wax, Nottingham
    The Astronomy Centre, Todmorden
    Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham
    National trust treasure, home of Sir Isaac Newton, complete with science centre and descendant of the original apple tree (allegedly).