About us - history

Athenaeum observatory

Formed in November 2015, and based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, The AAA meets on a fortnightly basis to discuss the solar system and the stars beyond.

Inspired by the Victorian observatory and its telescope on the roof of Bury St Edmund's historic Athenaeum building (pictured), we are open to amateur observers of all ages and abilities for the enjoyment of the wonders of the universe.

The Athenaeum Observatory

The green dome which graces the roof of Bury St Edmunds' Athenaeum building is an observatory constructed by the Victorians in 1859, the year of Donati's spectacular comet. The astronomical dome contains a functioning telescope and its construction was overseen by George Biddell Airy and Lord Arthur Hervey.

For a more detailed history of The Bury St Edmunds Athenaeum Observatory there is an authoritative and informative article in our Resources section, written by local astronomer, Martin Mobberley, and Kenneth Goward.