Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street
“I have looked further into space than any human being did before me”
"I will make such telescopes and see such things."
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy celebrates the achievements of William and Caroline Herschel who were brilliant astronomers and talented musicians. It was from the garden of this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. He was rewarded for his work by King George III and received the Copley Medal. Caroline also made a huge contribution to the field of astronomy ably assisting William and discovering numerous comets.
19 New King Street provides a unique glimpse of everyday life for those of 'the middling sort' in the late eighteenth century. The town house has been meticulously restored and furnished showing the design ideas popular at the time and illuminating every aspect of domestic life.
Museum, Historic house or home, Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site
31st January - 11th December
Weekdays 1-5 closed Wednesdays, but open Wednesdays during school holidays and half terms
Weekends and bank holidays 11-5.
Adult £5.00, Concessions £4.50, Students £3.00, Children (under 16) £2.50. Special group rate, family tickets, 2 adults 2 children £12
- Museums Association
Award winning introductory film, partial wheelchair access, virtual tour, audio tour available.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History
Exhibition - Making Light of It The art and science of light in the 18th Century
- 3 June — 16 December 2013 *on now
Above stairs gleaming mirrors reflected the light, it rainbowed off crystal chandeliers and danced on the burnished gilt picture frames.
At 19 New King Street William Herschel was frantically busy in his workshop polishing mirrors for his reflecting telescopes, but it was sunlight playing on a prism that led him to the discovery of infra-red. There will be 2 drop in workshops during the summer.
Making Candles 8 August 10.00-11.00am and Reflected Glory 29 August 10.00am-11.30am.
Children £3, Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £14.50
Groups £5.50 per person.
Registered disabled visitors £3.00 plus free audio guide.
Free entry to Bath Preservation Trust members.
Making Light of It
- 10 June — 17 December 2013 *on now
From humble rush lights and tallow to ruinously expensive beeswax candles, light was increasingly important in the Georgian home. Above stairs gleaming mirrors reflected the light, it rainbowed off crystal chandeliers and danced on the burnished gilt picture frames.
At 19 New King Street William Herschel was frantically busy in his workshop polishing mirrors for his reflecting telescopes, but it was sunlight playing on a prism that lead him to the discovery of infra red.
The new exhibition looks at William Herschel’s work on the sun, infra red and telescopes.
Art Historian and biographer of William Turner, James Hamilton examines the influence of scientific discoveries relating to light on the artists of the period.
The exhibition examines domestic lighting in the eighteenth century in grand houses and in a modest town house like 19 New King Street.
Amazing Astronomy and Light Fantastic (KS2)
This workshop will explore the heavenly bodies and day and night. The children will investigate the colours of light and shadows using light boxes and prisms. They will make a star map of a constellation. (One class; 2 hours)
How to obtain
£3 per child, teachers free. The workshop may be booked on 01225 446865, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazing Astronomy! (KS2)
A workshop for schools providing an introduction to astronomy and identification of various heavenly bodies. Topics can include light, shadows and optical illusions with the use of prisms; planet and atmosphere work; star maps; or night and day. Topics can be adapted to suit needs of pupils. Group size: one class, duration 2 hours; level can be adapted.
How to obtain
To book this workshop please contact Nicola Presley, Learning and Audience Development Officer on 01225 446865 or e-mail email@example.com
Workshop costs £3 per head, teachers free.