SHA County Co-ordinator: Mark Hurn



Associated People (Authors, Lecturers, broadcasters)

Berry, Arthur [OBE; FRAS](c.1859-1925) Vice-Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, FRAS and author of A Short History of Astronomy – 1898 (Obit., MNRAS, 90 (1930), 358).

Stuart, James (1843-1913), born Balgonie, Fife he was educated at Madras College, St Andrews and grauated from St Andrews University. Later he gained a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge gaining a fellowship in 1866. A pioneer of education for the masses, especially women, he organized university extension lectures that were given throughout the north of England. These included astronomy, an interest developed during his early Cambridge days, receiving direct tuition from G B Airy (ODNB; Barnard 2013).


Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company (1881-1919), (founded by Horace Darwin and Albert George Dew-Smith in Cambridge. Name changed in 1920 when It took over the R. W. Paul Instrument Co, of London, and becaming the Cambridge and Paul Instrument Co Ltd – later (1924) becomes Cambridge Instrument Company (Grace’s Guide).


Astronomy Groups


Cambridge University Press


(Please note this section contains only museums likely to be of relevance to astronomy or science)

Fitzwilliam Museum
(A major museum and art gallery)

Whipple Museum of the History of Science
(Based on the collection of Robert Stewart Whipple (1871-1953) a collection of scientific instruments including telescopes and astrolabes)

Useful addresses

Institute of Astronomy Library
Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA  (Tel. 01223 337537; )


Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (CALH)
Secretary: Mr Andrew Westwood-Bate (
PO Box 1112, Blasham, Cambridge, CB21 4WP

Cambridgeshire Family History Society

County Record Office

Cambridgeshire County Record Office

Cambridge Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP (Tel 01223 717281;

For full details go to ARCHON Directory

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