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Historical Section Meeting 2017

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS (click to see map)
Saturday, 2017, November 25 - 10:00 to 17:00

For information about booking for this meeting, click here.

Nineteenth Century Astronomy

The cost will be £5 for BAA members and £10 for non-members, including refreshments but not lunch.

09:30 Doors open

09:30 – 10:00 Refreshments & Registration

10:00 – 10:00 Introduction and Welcome – Mike Frost

10:10 – 11:05 Mark Edwards –‘Astronomy in JMW Turner’s paintings’

11:05 – 12:00 Kevin Kilburn –‘The Lost Gardens of Fireside’

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break (The BMI has a café and there are lots of eateries nearby)

13:30 – 13:35 Welcome back

13:35 – 14:30 Kenelm England – ‘Berkshire Astronomers’

14:30 – 15:25 Dr Louise Devoy – ‘Observatory Life’: Putting the stories of the Maskelyne and Airy families back into Flamsteed House, Greenwich

15:25 – 15:50 Refreshments

15:50 – 16:50 Dr Allan Chapman – ‘Sir John Herschel: Astronomer in Two Hemispheres’

17:00 Meeting Ends

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (website is conveniently located in central Birmingham, a ten-minute walk from both New Street and Snow Hill stations. It is the home of the Society for the History of Astronomy’s Sir Robert Stawell Ball library, which will be open on the day of the meeting. The SHA will also be holding a sale of surplus books.

The only parking at the BMI is on-street, for a maximum of 2 hours (no return for 1 hour). The nearest car park is at Paradise Circus, 5 minutes walk away.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mike Frost, B.A.A. Historical Section Director

Lee Macdonald, Deputy Section Director

Booking information

The cost will be £5 for BAA members and £10 for non-members, including refreshments but not lunch.

You can pay on the day or pre-book for the meeting using one of the following methods:

  • Print the pdf or Word booking form and return it to the BAA Office by Friday 17th November 2017.
  • Contact the BAA office on 0207 734 4145 (staffed 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri).