Our History

1962 Local astronomy enthusiast, Arthur Taylor, identifies other like-minded people within Salford and establishes a group with a common interest in astronomy and related topics​

1964/65 Subsequent to discussions and agreement with Salford Council (dept of education) the group is permitted to hold astronomical classes at Chaseley Field centre.​

1967 The success of these classes leads to the formation of the Salford Astronomical Society and its inaugural meeting at 19.30 on 6th September 1967 in Buile Hill Park science museum (Mr. C H Wheddon-Chairman, Mr. A E Clarke, Mayor of Salford, – President)​

1970 Professor Zdenek Kopal (Univ Mcr) discusses the potential availability of the Jodrell Bank 45cm (18”) telescope with Arthur Taylor and members of SAS​

1970 SAS put in place plans to raise funds, identify a site and accommodate the telescope within a new and dedicated observatory in Salford. Telescope decommissioned at Jodrell Bank and transported, erected and commissioned at Chaseley Field site.​

1971 Observatory officially opened 26th October 1971​