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Scottish events - Doors Open Days 2012 - Airdrie Observatory

09 July 2012

Scottish events - Doors Open Days 2012 - Airdrie Observatory

Airdrie Observatory opens its doors to the public as part of Doors Open Days 2012 - on 8 September.

Airdrie Observatory will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm on 8 September as part of the Doors Open Days 2012 festival.

Situated above Airdrie Library, this C(s) listed building is a unique part of Airdrie’s built heritage.  Being one of only four such municipal Public Observatories in the United Kingdom, Airdrie is the smallest of the Public Observatories and it dates back to 1896. The Observatory is located above Airdrie Public Library and is a facility owned by North Lanarkshire Council and ran in partnership with Airdrie Astronomical Association. The original telescope was donated to Airdrie Library by local astronomer Doctor Reid.  

In 2009 the telescope was dismantled and removed from site to allow an overhaul and extensive refurbishment to be undertaken.  Additional works including installing a new Observatory dome and Library Roof were also undertaken at this time.

Click here to read more about the Doors Open Days Festival 2012 which allows members of the public the chance to visit buildings normally closed to public access.

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