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Lectures on astronomy were a common form of popular entertainment in the 19th century. With an original Victorian magic lantern projector and delicate, and-painted glass slides from the 1840s, Mark Butterworth recreates one of these illustrated lectures.

Using complex and intricate mechanical ‘rackwork’ slides to illustrate astronomical concepts, it gives an introduction to mid-19th century astronomy. The lecture summarises the knowledge of the time and presents an entertaining guide to the most interesting phenomena in the night sky.

Mark Butterworth researches astronomical history and specialises in understanding how popular astronomy was presented to the general public in the 18th and 19th century. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

As this series of talks is entirely free it is advisable to come early.

Tickets will be issued from 6pm

Download the entire programme here.