The Norman Lockyer Observatory Society

The Norman Lockyer Observatory Society has a membership of around 300, covering a wide range of ages and backgrounds. It exists in part to further the members' interests in astronomy, radio and science in general and to give them access to a number of telescopes, historic and modern, at the Observatory.

It also exists to keep the Observatory operating, to maintain and develop these facilities and to open them to the public.

On a day each summer during the Sidmouth Folk Week, the Society mounts the annual South West Astronomy Fair, with distinguished lecturers and marquees of trade stands along with telescope tours and planetarium presentations.