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Just a quick heads up that the BAA Historical section have there annual meeting at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham this Saturday (25th November)
Mark Edwards - "Astronomy in the Paintings of JMW Turner"
Mark Edwards of Coventry and Warwickshire AS has been analyzing the paintings of JMW Turner using the astronomical clues on display. If Turner painted what he saw, we can state with confidence when they were painted, sometimes to within minutes.
Kevin Kilburn - "The Lost Gardens of Fireside"
James and George Nasmyth were pioneers in the industrial revolution, building a foundry near Eccles. Kevin presents his researches into the location of their house "Fireside" and the gardens which housed Nasmyth's telescopes, in the village of Patricroft.
Kenelm England - "Three Berkshire Astronomers"
As part of the Society for the History of Astronomy's county-based survey of astronomical history, Kenelm England of Reading AS tells us about the Berkshire astronomers he has studied:- Gideon Turner Davis, John Mackenzie Bacon and Thomas Hinsley Astbury. All three were pioneer members of the BAA.
Dr Louise Devoy - "Observatory Life"
For centuries, the Royal Observatory was the residence of successive generations of Astronomers Royal, each of whom enjoyed life at Greenwich with their wives, children, pets and servants. These domestic stories are usually eclipsed by the formal work of the Observatory, but over the past year we have refreshed the displays in Flamsteed House to show the family lives of Nevil Maskelyne (1732-1811) and George Biddell Airy (1801-1892). In this talk Louise will take you on a virtual tour of the new displays to share a selection of the key stories, objects and archive material which have brought these fascinating and often poignant stories to life.
Dr Allan Chapman - "Sir John Herschel: Astronomer in Two Hemispheres"
We are delighted to have Dr Allan Chapman back as our keynote speaker. Allan will be talking about one of the nineteenth century's most important figures, Sir John Herschel, son of William Herschel. SIr John, one of the founding members of the Royal Astronomical Society, spent many years surveying the southern skies from South Africa.