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Newspaper cuttings on the RGO and astronomy, 1922 - 1998

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 190

Scope and Contents

A set of press cuttings on the subjects of astronomy, the RGO, its move to Herstmonceux Castle and later to Cambridge, and its subsequent closure. Significant cuttings include coverage of the Moon landings (1968), the Space Race, the Apollo 13 disaster (1970), Halley's Comet (1986), images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, Comet Shoemaker-Levi’s collision with Jupiter (1994), Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), and the Galileo mission to Jupiter.

Early coverage is sporadic, with cuttings from 1922, 1952, and 1960s-1977 only. From 1985 there is annual coverage until 1998 when the RGO closed. From 1986 there are also additional sets of photocopied press cuttings compiled by SERC for distribution among RGO staff. The cuttings are mostly from the British press with some international items (mainly in Spanish).


  • Creation: 1922 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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7 archive box(es) (7 boxes) : Paper

1 folder(s) (1 outsized folder)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Items are grouped by year, and arranged in files in chronological order.


Catalogued by Dr Emma Saunders, February 2017.

Date information

DateText: mainly 1968-1969 and 1985-1998.


RGO Archives

Finding aid date

2016-07-25 09:35:49+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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