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May 2016

EXHIBITION: Science and Spirituality: Astronomy and the Benedictine Order

May 4 - December 12
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy,
19 New King Street
Bath, Somerset BA1 2BL United Kingdom
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Downside book 2

Since its re-establishment after the reformation in the early 19th century, there have been several members of the Catholic community at Downside Abbey who harboured a strong interest in astronomy, including a monk who knew and corresponded with William Herschel.  In the middle of the 19th century, an observatory was actually built within the monastic grounds; shortly afterwards, it was destroyed by fire.  The drawings and designs for this building have only recently come to light.

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