I’m delighted to confirm that we will be holding our annual public Stargazing event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Tuesday 30th January 2018. Timings are to be confirmed, but I would expect most helpers will need to arrive at 5pm with the event running from 6pm until around 9.30pm.
Please can I ask that you all keep this evening free in your calendar as we are going to need all hands on deck (yes I know I make this pun every year!) to staff the activities. Further information will be sent round in due course.
This annual public event is one of our key public engagement activities and is an essential part of our outreach and public engagement strategy – it’s fantastic that so many ICG members participate every year and I hope you will all be able to help out in January.
Having said that, if you are unable to help out then please could you let me know asap so that we don’t include you in the rota.
For those of you who are new to the department – this is our annual event for the public that we hold on board HMS Warrior 1860 and inside Action Stations at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We run an array of hands-on activities, give short talks, and invite other organisations along to help out with stargazing and other activities. Usually between 450 and 600 members of the public attend.
If any of you are interested in developing a new activity or demonstration that ties in with your research then please do let me know. We have funds available to buy kit etc, and several people in the ICG who are experienced in developing demos and can offer advice.
I’ll send round further information as it becomes available, but as always, if you have any questions then please get in touch.