Members’ Sites

Historical Organisations

Royal Astronomical Society – Astronomical Heritage Committee

Historical Section – British Astronomical Association
The William Herschel Society
The Antique Telescope Society
British Sundial Society
The British Society for the History of Science
International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission 41 (History of Astronomy)

Other Societies with an interest in astronomy history

Manchester Astronomical Society

The Webb Society

National Astronomical Organisations

The Royal Astronomical Society
Society for Popular Astronomy
The British Astronomical Association
Society for Popular Astronomy
Federation of Astronomical Societies


Institute of Astronomy Library, Cambridge


Astronomiae Historia – History of Astronomy
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University
National Archives/Archon
Access 2 Archives
Society of Archivists
British Association for Local History
Google Earth
Google Maps
MS Live Search maps

Epact – Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

This is a really beautiful site if you are interested in the history of astronomical instruments, combining the collections from four major European museums. You can search by keyword for astrolabes, armillary spheres and equatoria and find excellent high-definition pictures which show the instruments in superb detail. There are also explanations of how the instruments worked and detailed notes with each exhibit.

History of Astronomy

A site (by Michael Oates) devoted to information about historical figures in astronomy that could not be found else where on the internet.


The Alfred Russell Wallace Page

This site contains much material by and about naturalist and social critic Wallace (1823-1913), including bibliographies, news items, commentaries, FAQs, a capsule biography, lists (e.g., of all the personal names that appear in his voluminous publications), and the full-text of about 200 of his writings (including several books) and interviews. It should be noted that although Wallace is best known for his work on natural selection and biogeography, he is slowly becoming recognized as one of the founding fathers of astrobiology studies, and as an early proponent of the anthropic principle.