If you are interested in exploring new concepts and discoveries in astronomy, then join the Flamsteed Astronomy Society. The Society meets in the Museum's Lecture Theatre on the first Monday of the month during the winter, with world-class astronomers joining members to explore new concepts and discoveries. The group also have observing sessions out and about and special sessions on the Royal Observatory's 28-inch telescope.
In summer, a programme of visits and observing activities are arranged. Flamsteed members will be active during March's National Science Week and the first weekend of every month from 11.30–15.00 in the Astronomers' Garden at the Royal Observatory to offer visitors the chance to view the Sun through a solar telescope donated to the Museum by the Flamsteed Astronomy Society.
Membership of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society costs £80 for an individual membership, £120 for joint membership and £63 for concessionary membership. This includes the price of the standard Museum membership. See How to join.
Find out more on the Flamsteed Astronomy Society's website.
King’s astronomer, professor or public servant? John Flamsteed and the role of the Astronomer Royal by Dr Rebekah Higgitt
22 April 2013
18.30–21.30 | Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
FREE for all Flamsteed Astronomy Society Members, but advanced booking is required.
Dr Rebekah Higgitt is Curator of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and National Maritime Museum.
Rebekah will be discussing the role of the Astronomer Royal in the early days of the Greenwich Observatory, focussing on John Flamsteed. In what promises to be a fascinating talk, coinciding with the launch of the Flamsteed ‘History of Astronomy’ group, Rebekah will debate whether Flamsteed’s role was as the King’s astronomer, a professor or a public servant.
After completing her PhD in 2004 at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College London, Rebekah undertook postdoctoral research at the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She arrived at the NMM in May 2008 and blogs regularly at The H Word, hosted by The Guardian.
Rebekah’s current research interest is the relationship of the Royal Observatory with other scientific institutions, including the Board of Longitude and Royal Society, and with the public.