‘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

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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!

A New Year message from the Chair – Gerard Gilligan

Hello and a very happy New Year to you, all your family and close friends.

I hope this new message to you finds you in good health and that these continued pandemic circumstances we all face have not created too many problems for you over the recent holiday period. It would appear that we are to endure restrictions during the early part of this New Year, which will see us enter into the three year of this world wide pandemic.

However I hope you will agree with me that we must do our very best to try reach a point I have called in the past “The new normal” , but at the same time keep ourselves, family and all we come into contact with safe and well. Plus we protect those in the public health, security and social services who in turn protect and look after us when the need arises.

The SHA reaches a significant milestone in its own history during 2022, when we reflect and celebrate our twenty years of providing an outlet for those amateur historians of astronomy not just in the UK but all over the world. These celebrations I hope will be face to face once again after being missing for almost three years. Booking details for the March 2022 Spring conference in Birmingham I hope can be sent out very soon.

However the SHA council will be forced to continue to monitor and discuss the day to day pandemic situation, and plan a way forward that continues to maintain the health and wellbeing of the society members, friends, and venue staff. With this in mind we continue to organise some upcoming and highly anticipated online Zoom webinars in January and February, and details of which can be found within our web site, and social media outlets, plus recent astronomical press and journals. Zoom link details for these will be sent to all paid up SHA members in due course.

So please I hope you have recently repaid your annual subscription to the SHA for 2022, or this message reminds you to remain within this growing group of “amateur” astronomical  historians, and we can collectively share a piece of 20th anniversary cake safely and in good health for another twenty years and beyond.

Gerard Gilligan

Chairman – The Society for the History of Astronomy.

3rd January 2022.


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