Historical Section Meeting 2024

Saturday 18th May 2024

The next Historical Section meeting will take place at the Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich on Saturday May 18th 2024. Our hosts are Orwell Astronomical Society.

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The meeting venue is in the centre of Ipswich, around 1200m from Ipswich station. Note that the entrance to the church is from Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF. There are a number of car parks (some with chargers) and several places to eat nearby.

Our speaker line-up:

10:00                 Meeting Opens

10:10 – 10:40   Paul Whiting, “The Aurora, Past and Present”

10:40 – 11:40    Jack Martin, “The Bicentenary of William Huggins”

11:40 – 13:20     Lunch (not provided)

13:20 – 14:20    Andy Gibbs, “One hundred and fifty years of astronomy at Orwell Park”

14:20 – 15:20    Bill Barton, “Basil Brown’s Astronomical Achievements”

15:20 – 15:50     Refreshments

15:50 – 16:50    Dr. George Seabroke, “A girl’s death, Rugby, rugby and astronomy: dating a Dollond telescope.”

17:00                   Meeting Closes

We have plans to visit the Orwell Park observatory, on Saturday evening, from 20:15. Note that, unfortunately, this observatory is not disabled accessible (it’s up five flights of stairs).

On Sunday morning, May 19th, we will be visiting St Mary’s Church, Playford, a couple of miles to the north-east of Ipswich. The churchyard has the grave of Sir George Biddell Airy, seventh Astronomer Royal; nearby is the country home of the Airy family, which has a commemorative plaque.


Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich IP1 2EF

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