Poster Presentation Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting including HWWS 2013

The Fall and Rise of Sydney Observatory (#232)

Andrew Jacob 1 , Toner Stevenson 1
  1. Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney Observatory, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Sydney Observatory ceased astronomical research over 30 years ago when the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences was granted responsibility for the site. It is now a museum of astronomy and a public observatory. The preservation and interpretation of astronomical heritage continues with the collection of 20,000 astronomical glass plates and associated records being returned and funding to reinstall the third dome received. A new digital planetarium is now in regular use, major astronomical events have been webcast and we continue to interact with the public through social media. A daytime school program in meteorology has been introduced and one in indigenous studies, including indigenous astronomy, is in preparation.