Blue Mountains News
Talk recognises history and ongoing role of Linden Observatory
As part of the ongoing Blue Mountains Stories: a moment in time temporary museum exhibitions at Katoomba Library, Ian Bridges from the Linden Observatory will speak at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on 22 November from 10am.
Linden Observatory – Past and Present will share an outline of the history of Linden Observatory and the work of its founder Ken Beames, together with the ongoing role the observatory plays in unlocking the of wonders of stargazing to budding citizen scientists.
Speaker Ian Bridges is a key figure and trustee at Linden Observatory, which is listed as a stateheritage item on the NSW State Heritage Register in recognition of the unique contribution of Ken Beames to amateur astronomy in NSW.
The Observatory is operated by a trust to provide a place for the promotion of amateur astronomy and the conservation of Ken Beames’ work.
The talk ties in with the current museum display at Katoomba Library, of significant objects from Linden Observatory.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “Linden Observatory was established in the 1940s by Ken Beames, one of Australia’s most remarkable telescope makers of the 20th century and is still an important resource for amateur astronomers.
“By sharing this part of Blue Mountains history, we can appreciate not only the dedication, hard work and technical ability of Ken Beames, but also the value and interest the observatory still holds today.”
The talk will be held in the Seminar Room at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on 22 November at 10am.
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