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About us - The Restoration Project

Bury St Edmunds is steeped in history but the structure that will be of most interest to astronomers is the green dome sitting atop the Athenaeum, behind the flagpole, described as 'an almost unique Victorian astronomy time capsule' (Astronomy historian, Dr Allan Chapman, Wadham College, Oxford).

This observatory, and the fine telescope within it, are now Grade 1 listed and are an important part of our town's heritage collection.

In full cooperation with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and other interested and supportive organisations, the Restoration Group aims to raise public knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, this heritage treasure, to enable the public to gain access to it and to encourage its educational use.

Supporting the restoration project

If you are interesting in supporting the Athenaeum Observatory Restoration Project, either as a Friend, by donating or contributing restoration knowledge, skills or experience, please contact us.

Restoration committee members

Dr Richard Young

Dr Richard Young, Chair & founder


Chair & founder

Phil Leigh

Phil Leigh, Deputy Chair


Deputy Chair

Position vacant

NE Body, Restoration Secretary


Restoration Secretary

Lloyd Hughes

Lloyd Hughes, Committee Member


Committee Member

Simon Parton

Simon Parton, Committee Member


Technical Adviser

Joan Brame

Joan Brame, Committee Member


Committee Member

Linda Harper

Linda Harper, Committee Administrator


Committee Administrator

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