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Correspondence on the Observatory and Herstmonceux, 1958 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/7

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and some related papers regarding Herstmonceux Castle and the Royal Observatory, including the following items:

General correspondence regarding the Observatory, including the administration of the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, the supply of trout for the lake at the Castle, and the supply of wild fowl for the Castle grounds, 1963.

Requests for information from the Royal Observatory archives, mostly dealt with by P.S. Laurie, 1963.

Correspondence between Bradford City Art Gallery and Museums and P.S. Laurie regarding Abraham Sharp and the Royal Observatory, 1962.

Confidential report of the 'Committee of Enquiry into the Organisation of Civil Science', 1962.

Correspondence regarding the Cape of Good Hope Observatory, 1962.

Confidential report regarding breaches of office security regulations, 1961.

Press cutting from 'Cassell's Saturday Journal', issued in 1890, concerning W.H.M. Christie, sent to R. Woolley by C. Humphrey Green, 1961.

Description of the 'New Building at Greenwich' by E.G. Martin, 1961.

Notes on H. Spencer Jones and his time at the Cape Observatory, 1961.

Correspondence with the Civil Establishments Branch II regarding overseas visits, 1961.

Correspondence concerning an oral question to be put in the House of Commons by Frederick Peart concerning the position of British optical and radio astronomy, 1961.

Booklet on the 'Scientific Civil Service', 1960.

Correspondence concerning Herstmonceux Fete, 1960.

Article by R. Atkinson on 'Standard Time and Greenwich Longitudes', 1960.

Minutes of a meeting held at the Admiralty on 2 June 1959 on the administration of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.


  • 1958 - 1963

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