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SHA members study in the Sir Robert Ball Library, BMI

SHA Acting Librarian appointed and Library page updated

SHA members study in the Sir Robert Ball Library, BMI

SHA members study in the Sir Robert Ball Library, BMI

We would like to advise SHA members and others that, following the passing of our Chairman and Head Librarian Madeline Cox, FRAS (pictured at rear, above), in January, the Council of the SHA has appointed an Acting Librarian, Stuart Williams, to manage the SHA’s Sir Robert Ball Library at the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

Stuart was the founding Secretary of the SHA and later its Research Librarian (amongst other things). He has almost thirty years experience working in a borough archives and local studies library.

His first task is to undertake a Review of the Library Service, during which the lending service will be suspended.

Accordingly, the Library page on the SHA’s website has been revised and updated, please see:

http://www.shastro.org.uk/library/

If you have any enquiries about the Sir Robert Ball Library, please contact Stuart Williams by email to: library@shastro.org.uk

BMI

SHA Library accessions

The Birmingham & Midland Institute

The Birmingham & Midland Institute

Recent additions to the SHA Library include:

Purchases

Sanders, Robert H., The Dark Matter Problem: A Historical Perspective (2014)

Mollan, Charles, William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse: Astronomy and the Castle in 19th Century Ireland (2014)

Hoskin, Michael, Caroline Herschel Priestess of the New World: Princess of the New Heavens (2013)

Donations 

Members will be gratified to hear that the family of our late colleague and former Chairman, Gilbert Satterthwaite, has very kindly offered to donate his library to the Society. Work to sort and catalogue this valuable acquisition will begin shortly.

A 76-page catalogue (October 2014) of the thousands of items held by the SHA Library is available on the Library page of this website.

The Sir Robert Ball Library of the SHA is located at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS – just 10 mins walk from New St and Snow Hill stations. It is open by arrangement and on open days only.

If you are a member of the SHA and you wish to consult or borrow any items, please arrange a visit in advance with the Librarian, Madeline Cox: library@shastro.org.uk

From the SHA eNews Oct. 2014

SHA Library Catalogue update

Library

SHA members and others will be interested to know that an update to the SHA Library Manual and Catalogue – for March 2014 – has been posted on the Library page of the SHA website.

See  http://www.shastro.org.uk

The SHA’s Sir Robert Ball Library is located in the Benson Room at the Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI), 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, England (see: http://www.bmi.org.uk/ for a location map etc). Located in Birmingham city centre, the BMI is within a 10 minute walk from Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill railway stations.

PLEASE NOTE: Access is by arrangement ONLY with Library staff and the Library is supervised by SHA volunteer staff. The Library is securely double locked and intruder-alarmed. Toilets are nearby, and there is a café on-site.

If you are a member of the SHA and you wish to consult or borrow any items, please arrange a visit in advance with the Head Librarian, James Dawson.     Email: library@shastro.org.uk

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the SHA Library Service and the Sir Robert Ball Library, please contact James Dawson.