The Observatory Science Centre is home to six historical telescopes which were left behind when the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) finally closed its doors at Herstmonceux and moved to Cambridge in 1990.
Under the aegis of Science Projects Ltd an extensive programme of restoration and repair of the domes and telescopes was completed in 2004 with the aid of a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today at least 3 of the telescopes are used during open evenings for viewing.
The telescopes are not only being used by the public on open evenings and special evening events, they are also used during twilight visits by schools and Scouting and Guiding groups. The Centre can also be hired for private evening group visits which includes viewing, weather permitting of course!
The Centre also runs 3 different evening courses aimed at adults and two different day courses one of which is aimed at families.
The rich heritage of a former world famous astronomical observatory.
Some of the country's largest working historic telescopes.
We offer evening and one day courses for adults or families.
A fantastic opportunity to look through our historic telescopes
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of The Observatory Science Centre from 18th March 2020 until further notice.
This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which our charity has been carefully monitoring and following.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
Given the uncertainty we are all facing, we don’t yet know when we will re-open. If you have booked group visits / upcoming events etc. we will be in contact when we return to work.
We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to welcome you back as we continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Observatory Science Centre team
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.