‘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.

I do hope these few words find you in good health, and that you were lucky to have a good summer break. The nights are now starting to overtake days in duration, and many astronomers will be looking forward to the main sky viewing season.  The Society Council continue to monitor the conditions dictated to by the Covid-19 pandemic, and until these conditions  indicate otherwise, the SHA will continue to hold and organise meetings /events using virtual methods and technologies such as Zoom™

I repeat once again the health and wellbeing of SHA members, their families and friends, plus those staff members in meeting establishments and venues has to come first before face to face meetings can begin again.

SHA webinars will continue to be arranged, and we have several planned for the months ahead, including presentations from lleana Chinnici, from INAF- Palermo Astronomical Observatory and also noted historian Nick Kanas, from the University of California. Most important of these is the Society Annual General Meeting, and associated conference webinar. More details of this will be provided to our membership in due course, but please also keep in mind that our publications will also continue to be produced and were appropriate, sent to members in the post. So please look out for the SHA E-News and autumn issue of the SHA Bulletin.  Both once again packed with information and excellent articles from members and beyond.

I’m glad to report that over the summer the Society library has been successfully relocated within the BMI building and all thanks and application to the Society librarian and helpers for making that possible in an incredible short space of time.  More news on its opening times, plus accessibility in the weeks ahead.

As you can see the Society has not gone to sleep and even in the New Year, 2022   there is much to look forward to, e.g. 20th SHA foundation anniversary celebrations, face to face events, meetings and special publications.

Do keep in good health, and take care during these coming months. Continue to follow both government and NHS advice with regard to Covid-19 protection guidelines.

The official health advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Gerard – Autumn/Winter 2021.

Chairman: The Society for the History of Astronomy.



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