Welcome to the BAA Historical Section!
The BAA is one of the world's oldest astronomical societies. We are
the custodians of over 125 years worth of astronomical
observations, by some of the world's most prolific and talented
Please come and join us in exploring the historical roots of our
What the Historical Section offers:
- Regular section meetings
- A bi-annual newsletter
- Mentoring services
- Papers in the BAA Journal
We aim to hold a section meeting every year.
For 2017, we will be meeting on Saturday 25th November, at the
Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret St, Birmingham
Previous Section Meetings
Our most recent section meeting, with a theme of
was held on Saturday May 21st 2016, at the Quaker Meeting House, School
was a joint meeting with the Society for the
History of Astronomy at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on
Saturday March 28th.
On Saturday 3rd May 2014, at the Friargate Quaker Centre, York, with a
At the BAA Winchester Week-End, at Sparsholt College, Winchester, on
Saturday April 6th 2013, with a theme of:
On May 5th 2012, at Soho House, Birmingham, with a theme of:
At the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, on Saturday November 27th
2010, on the theme of:
We produce a bi-annual section e-news. You can download
We have plenty of material suitable for research projects. We aim to
offer a mentoring service to encourage newcomers to try out research.
Contact us if you are interested.
Articles in the BAA Journal
Recent papers in the Journal with historical themes include:
"Staying ahead of the curve: progress in British variable star
astronomy" - Jeremy Shears (J Br. Astron Assoc. 127;1, 2017, pp 12-22)
"A. A. C. Elliot Merlin: A brief biography" - Richard McKim (J Br.
Astron Assoc. 127;1, 2017, pp 25-32)
"Mr William Strachan and his remarkable telescope" - Martin Mobberley
(J Br. Astron Assoc. 126;6, 2016, pp 343-352)
"Patrick Henry Hepburn Part 2:A Decade of Highs and Lows" - Martin
Mobberley (J Br. Astron Assoc. 126;4, 2016, pp 210-224)
"Patrick Henry Hepburn Part 1:Solicitor, Eclipse-Chaser and Major" -
Martin Mobberley (J Br. Astron Assoc. 126;3, 2016, pp 153-168)
"The BAA total solar eclipse expedition of 1936" - Martin Mobberley
(J Br. Astron Assoc. 126,1,2016, pp 15-28)
"David Elijah Packer: Cluster variables, meteors and the solar
corona" - Jeremy Shears (J Br. Astron Assoc. 125,6,2015, pp 338-349)
"The Controversial Pen of Edwin Holmes" - Jeremy Shears (J Br. Astron
Assoc. 125,5,2015, pp 269-278)
"William Sadler Franks and the Brockenhurst Observatory'" - Jeremy
Shears (J Br. Astron Assoc. 125,4,2015, pp 220-228)
"Thomas G.E. Elger - a Victorian populariser of astronomy'" - Nigel
Longshaw (J Br. Astron Assoc. 125,3,2015, pp 142-157)
The Society for the History of Astronomy
Section Members may also be interested in the activities of the Society for the History of
Contact Us ...
Director - Mike Frost
Deputy Section Director - Lee Macdonald