Contemporary account of the years 1948–1990


Date: 1948–1990
Author: George Alan Wilkins, former Superintendent of HM Nautical Almanac Office
Title: A Personal History of the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux Castle 1948–1990
About: Having joined the Observatory in 1951, George Wilkins was appointed Superintendent of HM Nautical Almanac Office in 1970. His extensive account, which runs to over 350 pages is essential reading. It is meticulously organised into numerous sections with an abundance of useful appendices.
Images: One

Click here to download the account from the Cambridge University Library website. Click here for alternative link.
In 2008, a few years before he published the full version, Wilkins published a much abridged but illustrated version (with nine photographs) in The Antiquarian Astronomer, Issue 4, pp. 69-80. Click here to read it.