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 amateur observers.
Please come and join us in exploring the historical roots of our wonderful hobby.
What the Historical Section offers:
We produce a bi-annual section e-news. You can download recent editions
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.
Recent papers in the Journal with historical themes include:
"Frank Wilsenham Hyde (1909-1984): Radio astronomer extraordinaire!" - Martin Mobberley (J Br. Astron Assoc. 128;1, 2018, pp 17-32)
"The first recorded Aurora Australis" - John Simpson (J Br. Astron Assoc. 128;1, 2018, pp 33-37)
"The BAA Memoirs - an introduction" - Richard McKim (J Br. Astron Assoc. 128;1, 2018, pp 38-43)
"Thomas Hughes Buffham - Uranus pioneer" - Kevin Bailey (J Br. Astron Assoc. 127;4, 2017, pp 207-208)
"The Great Filter Debate " - Alan W. Heath (J Br. Astron Assoc. 127;3, 2017, pp 159-162)
"Percy Mayow Ryves (1881-1956): Observer, Discoverer and BAA Section Director " - Martin Mobberley (J Br. Astron Assoc. 127;2, 2017, pp 82-97)
"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)
Section Members may also be interested in the activities of the Society for the History of
Deputy Section Director - Lee Macdonald