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Godlee Observatory visit
Event code: X375
Thu 25 July, late morning until early afternoon ▪ Godlee Observatory

The Godlee Observatory within the former Technical School (now the University of Manchester’s Sackville Street Building) was presented to the City of Manchester in 1903 by Francis Godlee. Its double telescopes, made by Grubb of Dublin, have been in regular use since that time, and the Observatory layout – including a library, distinctive spiral staircase, and an almost unique papier-mâché dome – is largely unchanged. The tower which houses the observatory and dome is a well-know landmark to commuters using the nearby Piccadilly Railway Station.

The Observatory is the home of Manchester Astronomical Society, whose members will provide tours for small groups during the Congress. 

The Observatory will be open between 11.00 and 17.00. As the space is small, however, visitors will be taken up to the interior in small groups. Please sign up at the Congress Events Desk in advance to confirm a visiting time.

There is no charge for this tour. Please arrange your own travel to the Sackville Street Building.

For more information about the Observatory and Manchester Astronomical Society, see the website at www.manastro.org.

Location: Godlee Observatory
University of Manchester Sackville Street Building (north campus)
Click here to open a Google Map of the walking route from University Place (new window)
Meet at the rear entrance to the building on Granby Row: volunteers will take you up to the Observatory.
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