Come gaze at the stars

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy may still be closed but that won’t stop it launching its Summer Programme of solar and stargazing in the back garden!

As Bath Preservation Trust museums emerge from lockdown and consider their options due to the impact of Covid-19, comes news of the launch of a brand new public programme of socially-distanced solar and stargazing sessions.

Thanks to a generous donation from the William Herschel Society, the museum will be able to run new activities in the very garden where Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.

Sessions will be on offer for one family and/or household group per workshop. The museum team will guide you straight into the garden – where the telescopes will be set up and ready for you to use – and remain on hand to explain what you can see in the skies above.

The Trust says it is committed to ensuring the safety of visitors and our team, and full Covid-19 guidelines will be available on the museum website when tickets are released.

Ticket sales will go live later this month, with sessions being run across the week, from Saturday 25 July until Monday 31 August.

Visit the museum’s website or email to receive a notification once tickets are available.

Director of Museums Claire Dixon said “we are delighted to be able to offer this special opportunity and to see whether, as families and groups come out of lockdown, there is interest in these kinds of activities.

Sadly we cannot open our four museums just yet but we hope that audiences will make the most of this chance to take part in solar and stargazing in what is such a special and historic spot.”


William Herschel Society Chairman Charles Draper commented “The William Herschel Society was established more than 40 years ago to set up the Herschel Museum, and supporting it has remained one of our prime aims ever since. We are very glad to help fund the work to enable this iconic and highly successful Museum to get back on its feet as we all emerge from lockdown.”

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy’s solar and star gazing programme is a trial, to inform future activity at the museum and we look forward to welcoming visitors over the Summer.