Historical Section Meeting 2023

Saturday 20th May 2023

Our 2023 Historical Section meeting will take place on Saturday May 20th 2023 at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret St, Birmingham.

The venue is conveniently located in central Birmingham, 10 minutes walk from New Street Station. Car parking is available nearby (Paradise Birmingham is the closest car park), but we are in Birmingham’s clean air zone, so please check if your car is liable for a fee. There is a cafe at the BMI, and several pubs and restaurants nearby.

You can book your place here on Ticket Tailor. The cost is £7.50 for BAA members, £10.00 for non-members. You can access the 25% BAA member discount code by logging in to the BAA website and following this link. You enter it as a promo code on the screen where you provide your details.


Doors open at 09:30 and the meeting runs from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 17:00.

Our speaker line-up:

Mark Edwards – The Early Years of Jodrell Bank

Marie-Louise Archer – Ulugh Beg: Sultan, Astronomer, Mathematician and Visionary

John Chuter – Some Donations to the Archive

Lee Macdonald – Refugees, Star Clusters and Relativity: Astronomy at Greenwich Observatory in the First World War

Andrew Lound – Herschel’s Lunatick Friends


The BMI is home to the Robert Stawell Ball library of the Society for the History of Astronomy, which will be open to delegates on both Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May.



Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS

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