The first ever SHA meeting at Greenwich, 2003

Forthcoming SHA Meetings

The first ever SHA meeting at Greenwich, 2003

The first ever SHA meeting at Greenwich, 2003

The Society for the History of Astronomy offers a range of great value meetings throughout the year, some of which are also open to non-members.

2014 SHA AGM & Autumn Conference

Remaining in 2014 is the Annual General Meeting and Autumn Conference

This event will held at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute on 25 October 2014.

Talks will include:-

  • Doug Bateman on The Greenwich Time Ball 
  • Lee Macdonald on the History of the Kew Observatory 
  • Prof. Bill Leatherbarrow on The Amateur’s Moon: British Selenography and the BAA Lunar Section 
  • Dr Allan Chapman on Copernicus, Galileo, the Telescope & the Church 1500-1700 (the subject of Allan’s latest book – due out Oct. 2014)

Registration begins at 9.30 for a start at 10.00. The Conference finishes at 17.00.

Book in advance if possible: £5 for members, £10 for non-members. Friends and family members welcome (Pre-register via

For more details, see our Meetings page.

2015 Meetings in Outline

Outline details are now available of some of our meetings in the new year.  Flyers etc will be appended to our Meetings page as they become available.

Joint Event:

SHA/British Astronomical Association Historical Section 2015 Conference

This joint meeting will be on Saturday 28 March 2015 at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and will feature presentations by the following speakers:

  • William Sheehan on Mars: from the canals to Curiosity 
  • Stuart Clark on Richard Carrington (and the Solar Flare of 1859) 
  • Anthony Kinder on the BAA/SHA historical membership project 
  • Bob Marriott on William Rutter Dawes 
  • Roger Jones on The SHA Survey 

For more information on the BAA Historical Section:

2015 SHA Summer Picnic

Next year’s summer picnic will be on Saturday 4th July 2015 at Woolsthorpe Manor (Sir Isaac Newton’s house) and will include a tour of the house and a visit to Colsterthorpe Church.  Details to be announced.

2014 SHA AGM & Autumn Conference

The Annual General Meeting & Autumn Conference for next year will be held at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute on 31 October 2015.

Members are encouraged to give presentations, or exhibit posters relating to their research, at this and future SHA events and anyone wishing to do so should should contact Kevin Kilburn ( in the first instance.

Information from the SHA eNews Oct. 2014