The Cambridge years ... 1990–1998

 

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The RGO building at Cambridge. Photo courtesy of Patrick Moore

After years of deteriorating conditions at Greenwich, the Observatory moved to Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex in 1948. There it was greatly expanded and renamed the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux. Following a major downsizing in the 1980s, the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) controversially moved it to Cambridge, where it was renamed the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Cambridge. In 1998, it was closed down by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), the successor body to the SERC.

Laying the foundation stone for the new building on 27 October 1988. From left to right: Alec Boksenberg (Director), Patrick Moore, Robert Jackson (MP). Photo courtesy of Patrick Moore

 

 

 

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Located off the Madingley Road in the grounds of the old Cambridge Observatory, there is no public access to the building.

 

Farewell RGO

Lowering the flag for the last time on Friday 30th October 1998. Photo courtesy of Dafydd Wyn Evans

RIP Royal Greenwich Observatory. 1998. Photo courtesy of Dafydd Wyn Evans