We believe that in history the night sky was as an important a "skyscape" as the terrestrial landscape. Astronomy is an ancient science and one that is readily available to everybody. All you need is a clear dark sky and eyes. However, at The Travelling History Company we also have telescopes. We specialise in historical astronomy, learning the ancient constellations of Aratus and Ptolomy and replicating the observations of the great pioneers of astronomy such as Galileo, Thomas Harriot and William and Caroline Herschel.
Away from the cities, Britain has fantastically dark skies, illustrated by the ever growing number of dark sky parks. Many of these fall into our landscapes and we delight in inspiring our young (and older) guests with the wonders of the night sky.
However, trekking out to the countryside on a winter's evening can be impractical, this winter we organised a series of "urban astronomy" sessions to learn what you can actually see from suburban back gardens. We are looking forward to returning to this theme in the winter of 2019.