Society for the History of Astronomy Annual Picnic
June 16, 2007 @ 12:00 am EDT
On 16 June 2007, the Society for the History of Astronomy celebrates its 5th anniversary with an annual picnic, at Pendrell Hall, Staffordshire. The SHA was founded at a meeting of amateur and professional astronomers and historians at Wadham College, Oxford, in 2002. Previous picnic venues have included Wadham College, Woolsthorpe manor, the home of Isaac Newton, and Farthings, the home of our vice president, UK astronomer, writer and TV broadcaster, Sir Patrick Moore.
AGM and Spring conferences are held at either the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge or the Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The Autumn conference is held at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Birmingham, UK.
The Society aims to the promote and encourage the study of all aspects of the history of astronomy from the earliest times to the last century. One important activity is a Survey of Astronomical History in the UK, especially at a local level, of the amateur or forgotten astronomers, particularly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, whose contributions might otherwise fail to be recognised. Though the Survey formally only covers Great Britain and Ireland, the Society encourages similar activities overseas.The Society provides a forum for amateur and professional astronomers and historians with an interest in the history of astronomy. It is also recognised that in the 19thC, several UK amateur atronomers removed to the USA and elsewhere and we are keen to encourage an international membership.
Members are spread across the UK, and we have a growing number in the USA and Australia. They receive regular Newsletters and are invited to contribute papers to Antiquarian Astronomer, our annual publication devoted to new research into the history of astronomy. The SHA is affiliated to the Royal Astronomical Society and the Birmingham & Midland Institute in the UK Institutional Members include the US Naval Observatory, Washington DC, and Armagh Observatory.