‘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.



Dear Members and friends of the SHA.

As I write this short message, the height of the summer holidays will soon be upon us. But sadly we still find ourselves under certain restrictions and guidelines after almost a year and half of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Society Council  continues to monitor these COVID regulations and restrictions regarding reopening of our venues like the BMI and the library, plus Cambridge University campus, and the restarting of events there and at other summer locations.  Despite local and national lockdowns being relaxed slowly we continue to be aware that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of you, the members, guests and visitors, together with venue staff and supporters has to come first.

The SHA will endeavour to be part of a wider return to normality, and too face to face meetings, opening of venues and facilities when circumstances allow. However we will continue to provide a strong and robust service via electronic and paper communication, via email, web site, social media, and our excellent publications. Our excellent program of informative and well received Zoom webinars will also continue into the autumn months.

We plan to try if we can to repair the damage and forced cancellation caused to our activities, meetings plus events next year, 2022, which will be the Society’s 20th anniversary. Birthday celebrations which I hope will involve, past, present and yes future members of The Society for the History of Astronomy. When we meet, let’s hope there is a Birthday cake!

Stay well, keep safe and take care until then.

Please follow the official health advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Gerard – July 2021.

Chairman: The Society for the History of Astronomy.



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