Welcome to the Norman Lockyer Observatory

The Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, Devon is a historic working optical observatory and an educational centre for science, especially astronomy, meteorology, amateur radio and sciences of the coast and countryside. The Society promotes public awareness of and interest in science, and supports science education in schools, colleges and universities. It is operated by The Norman Lockyer Observatory Society, a registered charity.

The Observatory was established in 1912 by Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer to continue his astronomical research when his South Kensington observatory was closed. Now it provides a facility at which individuals and groups may participate in projects and pursue recreational study of science in a practical way.