Swept Under the Carpet: the forgotten story of astronomers Edward Crossley and Joseph Gledhill – Presented by Martin Lunn
In the red Brick Auditorium
The West Yorkshire town of Halifax was dominated by textile mills in the 19th century. Crossley Carpets made carpets which were exported around the world. What is less well known is that Edward Crossley and his employed assistant astronomer Joseph Gledhill had an observatory with the largest reflecting telescope in England. The two astronomers made massive contributions to the study of astronomy and after their deaths, Crossley’s two big telescopes, the 36 inch Common reflector and the 9.3 inch Cooke refractor, continued to be used in astronomical research around the world.
Martin Lunn – From 1989 until 2011 Martin was Curator of Astronomy at the Yorkshire Museum in York, and in 1998 he was presented with an MBE for services to astronomy and education.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has served a term on their council.
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