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April 2013 Monthly Meeting: Change to Syllabus – Friday, 19th April 2013

Friday, 19th April 2013 @ 19:00 - 21:30 BST

The next monthly meeting of Liverpool Astronomical Society is to be held at 7pm on Friday April 19th, at the QMH, 22 School Lane, Liverpool City Centre.

Sadly I have to report that the speaker for the April Meeting Prof Maurizio Salaris, has had to change his plans, and attend a research meeting outside of the UK, so will not be able to be the Society guest on April 19th.

However, a Preston historian, Mr Steve Halliwell, has agreed to step in at relatively short notice, and will speak on Mr Moses Holden – A history talk I know, but with a Liverpool connection – see below:

HOLDEN, MOSES (1777–1864), astronomer, was born at Bolton, Lancashire, on 21 Nov. 1777. As a youth he worked in a foundry at Preston, until disabled by an accident. On his recovery he occupied himself first as a landscape gardener, then as a weaver. Early in life he possessed a strong love of astronomy, and he collected a library that was remarkable for one in his station. In 1814–15 he constructed a large orrery and an ingenious magic-lantern. These were made for the purpose of illustrating his astronomical lectures, which were first given in the Theatre Royal, Preston, in 1815, and afterwards in many towns in the north of England. In 1818 he published ‘A small Celestial Atlas, or Maps of the Visible Heavens, in the Latitude of Britain,’ 3rd edit. 1834, 4th edit. 1840. It was one of the earliest works of the kind published at a low price. He also compiled an almanac, published in 1835 and later. In 1826 he devoted the proceeds of one of his lectures to the erection of a monument in St. Michael’s Church, Toxteth, Liverpool, to the memory of Jeremiah Horrocks the astronomer. He assisted in establishing the Preston Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, and in 1834 the freedom of the borough was conferred on him. He died at Preston on 3 June 1864, aged 86.

I do hope you can join us for a very interesting meeting, but if you are unable to attend, please forward your apologies to either myself or direct to David Forshaw.

Date Venue Guest speaker Subject & Title
Friday April 19th, 2013
The Quaker Meeting House,
22 School Lane,
Liverpool City Centre,
L1 3BT
Mr Steve Halliwell Mr Moses Holden 1777-1864, Gardener, Weaver and Astronomer



Friday, 19th April 2013
19:00 - 21:30 BST
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The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool City Centre
The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3BT United Kingdom
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