Leicester Astronomical Society


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InfoOn 14 October 1952, a number of enthusiasts met at the Leicester Museum, New Walk, Leicester to discuss the formation of an astronomical society. Among those attending was Councillor Alan Cooper. He suggested that the aims of the Society should be to promote activities relating to study of astronomy and allied subjects and to arrange visits to observatories.

Mr T A Walden, Director of the Museum, was in attendance and he mentioned that some time ago the Leicester Literacy and Philosophical Society had had a section devoted to astronomy. He thought that times were changing and that in view of progress made in the past few years a separate astronomical society would have a wider appeal.

During the 1960's and 1970's the Society had an observatory at Oadby. This was damaged during a storm and fell into disrepair after a dispute with the landowner. The observatory site is now next to a housing development!

Other venues
Over the past 50 years, the Society has met at a number of locations in the Leicester area including Gateway College, Judgemeadow Community College, Braunstone Civic Centre and now at the National Space Centre

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