The Astronomer Historical Meetings

Complied by Tracie Heywood

The list below gives information on TA Meeting dating back to 1964.

Year Date Location Comments
1964 April 2 Caxton Hall, London (9+) Inaugural Meeting
1964 June 19 Caxton Hall, London (10) Retrospective Meeting
1964 December 5 Caxton Hall, London (14)
1965 December 17 Caxton Hall, London Solar Eclipse Meeting
1966 September 17 Caxton Hall, London (33) “4th meeting”
1967 September 9 Caxton Hall, London
1970 May 23 Caxton Hall, London (50+)
1971 May 8 Alliance Hall, Westminster (100+) “7th London Meeting”
1972 April 15 Alliance Hall, Westminster
1973 March 31 Alliance Hall, Westminster
1975 March 19 Alliance Hall, Westminster
1976 September 25 Herbert Lecture Theatre, Coventry (~50)
1977 November 5 Herbert Lecture Theatre, Coventry
1978 June 24 Earls Barton Nova Search Meeting
1978 September 30 Grand Hotel, Northampton
1979 June 29 Earls Barton (31) Nova Search Meeting
1979 October 6 Grand Hotel, Northampton (70)
1980 May 31 Earls Barton (38) Nova Search Meeting
1980 November 1 ?
1981 July 4 Earls Barton Nova Search Meeting
1981 October 31 Angel Hotel, Northampton
1982 July 11 Earls Barton (25) Nova/SN Search Meeting
1982 November 6 Angel Hotel, Northampton (~80)
1983 April 23 Earls Barton (37) Nova/SN Search Meeting
1983 November 12 Angel Hotel, Northampton
1985 February 23 Caversham Bridge Hotel, Reading
1986 February 22 Basingstoke Country Hotel, Hook Halley Meeting
1987 December 12 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1989 June 24 Basingstoke Carnival Hall Marsden & Alcock
1990 November 24 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1991 November 16 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1992 September 5 Humfrey Rooms, Northampton
1993 September 25 Humfrey Rooms, Northampton
1994 May 24 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke 30th Anniversary
1994 September 3 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1995 November 25 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1996 September 28 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1997 October 11 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
1998 September 26 Aston University, Birmingham
1999 October 23 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
2000 October 7 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
2001 September 22 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
2002 October 26 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke
2003 October 10-12 Alston Hall, Lancashire
2004 October 9 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke 40th Anniversary
2005 October 22 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (62)
2006 September 23 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (70)
2007 October 20 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (69)
2008 October 11 Norman Lockyer Observatory, Devon (47)
2009 October 24 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (59)
2010 October 23 Quaker Friends Meeting House, Wakefield (47)
2011 October 8 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (45)
2012 October 13 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (70)
2013 September 28 Humfrey Rooms, Northampton (41)
2014 May 10 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (53) 50th Anniversary
2015 October 17 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (41)
2016 November 19 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (54)
2019 April 13 St Mary’s Church Hall, Basingstoke (46)

Notes

The 1967 meeting was the first to be referred to as an “AGM”.

The references to “4th” and “7th” suggest that the only meetings between 1966 and 1971 were those in 1967 and 1970, with no meetings taking place in 1968 or 1969.

No AGM was held in 1974 or 1988, the latter presumably being due to the Editor’s illness.

The location of the 1980 AGM was not mentioned in the magazine, but was presumably at a hotel in Northampton.

The date of the 1982 Nova/SN Search meeting was advertised in advance as July 10, but was given as July 11 in the subsequent report.

The numbers in brackets are the numbers of attendees as subsequently reported. For the 1965 Solar Eclipse meeting the attendance was merely recorded as “disappointing”, while an (unspecified) record attendance was claimed for the 1973 meeting.