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Hester Hawkins

We are delighted to have been contacted by Stuart Antrobus, a local historian and author, who has compiled some research into the life and works of Hester Hawkins - another prominent astronomer from Bedford. Stuart advises there is a library exhibition at Bedford Central running from Saturday 2nd March to Monday 29th April which will feature some of Hester's books on astronomy.

In addition, a Blue Plaque has been installed at Hester's old home - 18 Linden Road, bedford (now a YMCA). We'll be aiming to get a picture to upload to the website, and Stuart has kindly submitted a extensive article on Hester that we will uploading and publishing very shortly!

Our sincerest thanks to Stuart! Here are a couple of pictures from the unveiling, the article from Stuart will be up shortly!

  • Patrick Cunningham and Mayor Hodgson

    Patrick Cunningham and Mayor Hodgson

  • Bedford Astronomical Society Chairman Peter Hudson with Mary McKeown

    Peter Hudson with Mary McKeown

  • Joshua and Hester Hawkins

    Joshua and Hester Hawkins

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