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Open Dome Event - Lining up the Sun

Open Dome Bromley House Meridian
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Nottingham has one of the oldest meridian sundials in the UK. K Bunting (NTU) and Dr D Brown (NTU) report on recent findings regarding its installation in their talk Lining up the Sun - The Bromley House Meridian Sundial.

  • From: Thursday 19 September 2019, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 19 September 2019, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 19 September 2019, 3.00 pm
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Event details

The Bromley House Library in Nottingham city centre is a hidden gem that harbours a remarkable piece of science heritage: A sundial that acts as a time signal to set your clock by. This simple but effective instrument originates from approximated 1834 but its method of alignment is unclear.

Kaine Bunting (NTU) explored different methods of its construction together with Dr Daniel Brown (NTU). Both will be giving a brief introduction to these amazing instruments. Then they present methods and their precision to shine some light on the heritage of this unique piece of Nottingham's heritage in their talk Lining up the Sun - The Bromley House Meridian Sundial.

Booking is required for this event. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8pm with K Bunting (NTU) & Dr Brown (NTU) talking about Lining up the Sun - The Bromley House Meridian Sundial. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the Summer sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.

If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.

Location details


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the Main Gate car park.

Please ensure to enter the campus via Main Gate only!

Ensure to allow for sufficient time since you will need to contact security at the barrier to identify the event you wish to visit. Furthermore it is a 3 minute walk from the car park to CELS.

Travel Info:

Main gate entrance is located on the A453 closest towards the city, ie the first entrance when travelling from Nottingham towards Clifton.

Please avoid entering via South Gate as you will not be able to access the staff car park nor will security staff allow access via that barrier.

The exact location of the car park is in latitude and longitude 52.912958, -1.183357 or via GoogleMaps .

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