A PERSONAL HISTORY OF
THE ROYAL GREENWICH OBSERVATORY
AT HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE, 1948-1990

By George A. Wilkins

PRELIMINARIES TO VOLUME 1 — NARRATIVE  

In the Preface the author gives a brief indication of the changes in the character of the activities of the Royal Greenwich Observatory during the period that it was based at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex. Then he gives an account of the structure of this "personal history", which is primarily concerned with the changing national and international activities in which he was involved, but which also describes in lesser detail the wide range of other activities of the staff.

The content list for each chapter or appendix is given on the appropriate web page, but the whole contents may be downloaded here.

Volume 1     
Preface and full contents
Chapter 1Prologue
2The first stage of the move 1948-1955
3Completion of the move and consolidation 1956-1965
4Change of Control—Phase 1 1965-1971
5S.R.C. Takes Control 1972-1981
6End of an Era—Alec Boksenberg 1981-1990
7The Move To Cambridge And Closure 1990-1998
8Epilogue : Review, with Hindsight, of Principal Decisions
Volume 2
Preface
Full contents
AppendixA Reviews
B Various Notes
C Staff
D RGO Club
E Facilities
F Publications
G References
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