‘If you wish to contribute to, or find out more about the History of Astronomy, then I would strongly encourage you to join the SHA’

Dr Allan Chapman       SHA President

Acceptance Article Nov ’02

Picture Credit: Helen Fairweather

Welcome to the our Website. Our President, Allan Chapman, states above the main aim of the Society. This is achieved in a variety of ways:-

  • By Providing a range of publications both printed and electronic which provide a broad range of topics, all to do with the History of Astronomy
  • By Organising Meetings throughout the year where you can listen to a range of talks from expert speakers on a wide variety of topics related to the History of Astronomy
  • By Providing access to, and conservation of, a world-class collection of books related to the History of Astronomy
  • By Undertaking a survey of astronomical history in the UK

If what you see here interests you, then please consider joining the Society by following the ‘Membership’ Tab above, or to the right, where you will find details on how to join.


20 years of making discoveries on cloudy nights!

Hello, and as always I hope you all in good health and staying well.

Firstly I would like to thank everyone involved in making our recent 2022 Spring Conference at the BMI, Birmingham such as success. SHA Council members, BMI staff, guest speakers, and those members of the SHA who attended. They gave their support to the meeting with the the need to regain some kind of normality, and we appreciate their attendance.  Obviously there were a certain number of questions to be answered before the commitment of a face to face meeting, the first for the society since October 2019.

However with common sense and with pandemic controls in place our meeting went ahead with only a few problems on the day. For example last minute changes to the invited speakers, and presentations. Plus low temperatures and issues surrounding lack of a microphone for our guest speakers. However we will endeavour to correct these in time for the Autumn Conference, in October, which we aim to hold face to face once again. The Society may well have been in lock down but it will continue to be the aim of the SHA council not to be in “shut down”

Forthcoming events and meetings, as we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary since formation are the much anticipated online webinar on May 9th with Brother Guy Consolmagno, President of the Vatican Observatory, with his presentation “Why does the pope have an Observatory”. Zoom link details will be sent to all SHA members very soon. We also have our 2022 Summer Picnic event this year to be held in the picturesque City of Bath, a group visit comprising a tour of the city and a private SHA visit to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, once the home to brother and sister team, William and Caroline. We hope to follow these events with news of a new SHA celebration publication booklet later this summer, and more zoom online webinars in September and November to be given by world renowned historians of astronomy.

So please continue to visit our web site for more news and updates from the SHA, and if not already why not consider being part of our growing membership, and be part of the next twenty years of the Society for the History of Astronomy.

Gerard Gilligan      SHA Chairperson    May/June 2022


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