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May 2016
Free

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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September 2016
£4

Lecture: How Outer Space looked to the Georgians

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Priory Barn,
Newtown,
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1NQ United Kingdom
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Ipriory barn

Tuesday 13 September 7pm Priory Barn, Newtown, Bradford on Avon BA15 1NQ £4 on door Jonathon Hall, Member of the Herschel Society and Wiltshire Astronomers, talks about the famous brother and sister astronomers William and Caroline Herschel. William was one of the first people to accurately plot our galaxy from observations he had made of double-stars, and discovered the planet Uranus from his Bath garden in 1781. Both he and Caroline were also gifted musicians.

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£5

Lecture: Monks on the Mission: Benedictine Bath in the Age of Enlightenment

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of Bath Architecture,
The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, Paragon
Bath, Somerset BA1 5NA United Kingdom
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'From drawing in British Museum', 1854-1858.

Dr Simon Johnson, Keeper of the Archives and Library of Downside Abbey, explores Benedictine Science from 1669 and throughout the Georgian era, and the important connection with the work of William Herschel. Museum of Bath Architecture, Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel £5 on the door

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£6

Lecture: Monks on the Mission: Benedictine Bath in the Age of Enlightenment

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of Bath Architecture,
The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards, Paragon
Bath, Somerset BA1 5NA United Kingdom
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'From drawing in British Museum', 1854-1858.

Thursday 15 September 6pm Dr Simon Johnson, Keeper of the Archives and Library of Downside Abbey, explores Benedictine Science from 1669 and throughout the Georgian era, and the important connection with the work of William Herschel. Museum of Bath Architecture, Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel £6 on the door

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October 2016

B&NES Museums Week: Make a Sundial

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy,
19 New King Street
Bath, Somerset BA1 2BL United Kingdom
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Friday 28 October 1 – 3pm There are several examples of beautiful sundials at the museum, including in our current exhibition Science & Spirituality. Come and find out how they work and make your own simple one to take home. Ages 5- 11

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