Annual Reviews

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Kielder Observatory Annual Review 2021

While 2021 has been another rollercoaster year, we are delighted to have survived and thrived in the ever-changing circumstances. Not only is our team still intact, we have new astronomers at the Observatory, more volunteers than ever before, and new trustees to help drive the strategy for the next few years. We’ve been able to deliver that inspirational moment on site, have supported astronomy study in schools, and launched new arts programmes. Our new radio telescope is installed and community groups helped to create learning resources for it.

Kielder Observatory Annual Review 2020

2020 was unprecedented: a rollercoaster ride for small charities such as KOAS. The national lockdowns for COVID-19 forced us to close the observatory doors from mid March to 1st August, and again towards the end of the year. We’re optimistic and looking forward to being able to continue helping people to experience that very special "Kielder moment" in pioneering new ways. Most importantly, we're immensely grateful to everyone who managed to visit the observatory during the year, and to those who lit up our website with bookings as soon as we were allowed to reopen our doors.

Kielder Observatory Annual Review 2018-19

The opening of the Gillian Dickinson Astroimaging Academy in 2018 enabled us to offer a wider range of events and to welcome and inspire many more visitors on site. We've also increased capacity across the team, and we are very pleased to welcome our new CEO, Catherine Johns, whose name will already be familiar to many in the space industry. And we were delighted to be awarded a contract by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, through which we will visit schools through the region over the next three years.