Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

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The Observatory, named after Sir Norman Lockyer, started as a collection of instruments which he - as a self-taught astrophysicist, scientific journalist and entrepreneur - hoped would form the basis of a new kind of observatory. The Solar Physics Observatory became recognised in 1881, with Lockyer in charge. It closed in 1912 when most of the staff and instruments went to Cambridge.

Instead Lockyer chose to establish the Hill Observatory near Sidmouth. On his death, his son, Dr.W.J.S.Lockyer, became director and the site became known as the Norman Lockyer Observatory.

The last professional astronomer left in 1962. Following acquisition in 1984 by the East Devon District Council, the Observatory is now a centre for public science education as well as being the home of the Norman Lockyer Observatory Society.
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  • We visited the observatory and had an excellent tour of the facilities, and a presentation of the pictures taken. Unfortunately we didn't get to look through a telescope.  more »
  • Lovely site, great history, but the guides were not very good, talking to themselves rather than to their audience. The afternoon tours do not cater to children.  more »
  • Lovely and informative afternoon staffed by committed enthusiastic volunteers. Very interesting. A little hard work for young children- but my seven year old still enjoyed the lecture, the planetarium...  more »
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  • Really well kept facility, interesting tour which felt like good value for money. We weren't able to use any of the equipment but I believe members may be able to, nonetheless very interesting.
  • The staff here were very knowledgeable and friendly. I definitely enjoyed the visit!
  • Excellent - introductory overview, tour of observatory and planetarium. I would recommend it.
  • A great resource for those interested in Astronomy
  • Excellent and knowledgeable visitor centre

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