Monday, 4 November 2019

Special Meeting: Friday 8-Nov-2019

 A special meeting will be held on Friday 8-Nov-2019.

Our guest speaker will be the renowned historian Dr. Allan Chapman FRAS, of Wadham College, Oxford, who will speak about A topic to be announced on the day.

Meetings start at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue, the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

SHA Autumn Conference and AGM: 26-Oct-19

The Society for the History of Astronomy is holding its Autumn Conference and AGM at the John Lee Theatre, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, from 9:30am on Saturday, 26-Oct-19.

The 2019 SHA Autumn Conference will be celebrating the Moon; it will be 50 years ago that man first stepped onto our nearest celestial neighbour.

Event details and a link to buy tickets are here (SHA members £10, Non-members £15).


  • Gerard Gilligan Chairman, SHA
  • SHA Council
    2019 AGM
  • Dr. Heather Sebire – English Heritage
    “Stonehenge, archaeoastronomy and the Moon”
  • Dr. Alexandra Loske – writer, curator and art historian
    Dr. Robert Massey
    – Royal Astronomical Society
    Moon: Art, Science, Culture
  • Dr. Melanie Vandenbrouck – Royal Museums Greenwich
    Dr. Louise Devoy
    – Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
    The Moon as muse: the ideas and inspiration behind The Moon exhibition, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Prof. Emeritus Bill Leatherbarrow – University of Sheffield
    Patrick Moore & Our Volcanic Moon
  • Dr. Allan Chapman F.R.A.S. – SHA, University of Oxford
    The Moon, the Telescope, and the Transformation of Astronomy after 1609

Friday, 4 October 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday 30-Oct-2019

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 30-Oct-2019.

Our guest speaker will be Professor Philippa Browning, of the University of Manchester, who will speak about Solar Flares: The biggest explosions in the Solar System.

Meetings start at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue, the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Next Meeting: Wednesday 25-Sep-2019

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 25-Sep-2019.

Our guest speaker will be Mr. Gary Poyner F.R.A.S, of the B.A.A, who will speak about The Monster in The Crab.

Meetings start at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue, the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Friday, 23 August 2019

FAS’ Convention and AGM: 14-Sep-19

The Federation of Astronomical Societies are holding their annual Convention and AGM at the Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, from 9:45am on 14th September: event details and a link to buy tickets are available online at (members of FAS member societies £8, Non-members £10 and £4 for all under-16s). A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door if there are any left from the online sales – check the website the day before to see how many are left.


  • Dr Mark Clilverd – “Solar storm effects on ground-based infrastructures”British Antarctic Survey, Winner of the RAS 2019 James Dungey Lectureship
  • Dr Richard Ghail – “New insights from our closest Earth-sized exoplanet: Venus”
    Royal Holloway College, London
  • Jenny Lister – “Astronomy for all: its place in education”
    Primary School Teacher, Winner of the RAS 2018 Patrick Moore Medal for Education
  • Dr Floor van Leeuwen – “Details of the HR diagram as revealed by the second Gaia data release”
    Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
  • Prof Carlos Frenk – “Everything from nothing: how our universe was madeDirector of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University,
    Winner of the RAS 2014 Gold Medal for Astronomy
  • Lunchtime tours of the Northumberland and Thorrowgood telescopes
  • Lunchtime tours of the Cavendish Museum
  • Trade stands
  • Lots of free car parking at the IoA
  • Free tea/coffee/biscuits throughout the day