Gerard Gilligan is acting meetings secretary.

If you wish to contact Gerard please use


The SHA 2023 Spring Conference was on 1st April 2023

SHA Summer Picnic 2023

The traditional summer picnic will be on Sat 1 Jul 2023 (from 12.00 noon) at The Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory, Moor Park, Preston, PR1 1NN.

There will be a tour, plus talk and tea/coffee refreshments inside the Observatory. Our hosts will be Preston AS. There will also be a visit to the associated archives at the University of Central Lancashire.

Members have all been sent booking details by email. Please note that limited places are available, because of the limitations of the site, so it is important to book
early, by contacting Gerard using the email above.


Further details to follow.


The next online talk will be on Wed 1 Nov 2023 (8 pm)

Title: Designing orreries and building historical replicas Speaker: Peter Rigby

The presentation will review the history of orrery development in Britain from an engineer’s perspective. It will cover: the craft and design methodologies employed in their construction; the problems and limitations faced by the early developers; some of the leading characters involved; and the building of replicas of some of the most important designs.


The last  Online talk was on Wed 10 May 2023

Title: Becoming Astronomers (pre-historic astronomy) : Speaker: Bernie Taylor

A link to the Youtube video can be found here