Welcome to the homepage of the Centre for Astronomical Heritage, a non-profit company registered in South Africa (NPC 2016/295672/08) working to record, preserve, and disseminate information about, South Africa’s tangible and intangible astronomical heritage.


  • Read The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope: History and heritage, by Dr Ian Glass, for free. This book gives a vivid account of the Observatory from its foundation in 1820 to the present day — 2024 Jan 31
  • A reimagined version of the Heritage Full Moons is now available as a free 2024 Moon Calendar2024 Jan 02
  • An overview of astronomical research and thinking over the last 6,000 years, with a 2024 perspective2023 Dec 20
  • Updates to the projects currently underway. These include ongoing digitisation work at the SAAO Archive, cataloguing of administrative material of Boyden Observatory, and the development of ADAMS (Astronomical Data Archival Management System) software — 2023 Nov 13

Protecting South Africa’s astronomical heritage

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