The Survey

This is the home page of our Society’s Survey of Astronomical History. The county pages are regularly updated as new research is submitted by our members.


The Society for the History of Astronomy was formed to encourage research into astronomical history at the local level. To aid this research, the Society has created the Survey of Astronomical History as a way of collating findings and making them available to others.  The Survey is a database in which information is recorded on web-pages that have a geographical basis – the 120 historic counties of Britain and Ireland. The systematic structure of these pages makes them easy to use both to record data and to search existing data. This website also describes the Survey and advises on resources available to researchers.

This survey of the United Kingdom and Ireland is intended as a valuable resource for now and for the future. It is hoped that over the next few years through the diligence of members a full and complete survey will eventually be completed for all to use. SHA members can help complete a valuable resource for the future.

Since we launched this survey at Greenwich in 2003, many members have shown an interest in either adopting a county or contributing information about the history of astronomy in their area. But we need MORE volunteers.

Back in 2006 SHA Council member and survey officer, Roger Jones wrote a paper for our society journal The Antiquarian Astronomer. It describes in some detail the workings of the survey. The full article can be read here – scroll down to read the article.

Interested in joining the Survey team?

If you would like to help you can do so in a number of ways.

Adopt a county as a coordinator, sign up now by applying here ….


. If you are interested in a particular area, a town or city, or an area covered by a local society, please let us know.
Send in your lists of local astronomers and observatories so that they can be added to the survey. Contributions will be posted on a regular basis as they come in. You can do this by completing the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of any county page.

For more information…
Contact: Survey co-ordinator

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