Welcome to the Herschel Society
Our aim is to spread knowledge of the life, work, and times of Herschel and his family, and to encourage greater understanding today of the subjects he studied.
We do this in several ways:
- We support the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath in the house where he made many of his discoveries
- We award the annual Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship
- We encourage research into the Herschel family’s lives and publications
- We arrange Astronomy Lectures in Bath in collaboration with the BRLSI, the University of Bath, and others.
- We are members of the Bath and Surrounds Bath and Surrounds Starlit Skies Alliance tackling local light pollution issues
- We support observing through our partner organisation Bath Astronomers.
- We support the performance and recording of William Herschel’s music
- We issue our 6-monthly Journal to all Members
We always welcome new members. You can join online now using our subscriptions partner membermojo.
As a registered UK charity, the Society is naturally very happy to receive donations at any time! Any amount sent to us over and above your subscription will be treated as a donation. If you are a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your subscription by 25% by signing the Gift Aid Declaration Form.
William Herschel was arguably the greatest of all astronomical observers. While he is most famous as the discoverer of Uranus in 1781, he advanced many areas of astronomy and science. He started his life in England as a successful musician and composer. His sister Caroline assisted him in many ways, and became a noted astronomer in her own right. William’s son John also became an astronomer, and contributed to many scientific developments. Other members of the family also made important contributions in these fields.