Bidston Observatory is a locally cherished landmark that has been occupied by different research-led organisations - up to now, predominantly in the Natural Earth Sciences. Originally built to measure time, latitude and the declination of the stars, in later iterations employees here worked with meteorological, tidal and other marine data. Through this, the Observatory has historically helped the UK to expand its project of exploration through scientific advancement. We, as well as hopefully stayers and visitors, would like to understand the building itself as socio-politically situated technology. In the future one downstairs room will be reserved as an independent museum space, to display these histories, there will be an evolving archive relating to the wider history of the hill. These will be open at set times throughout the year.
Doing the building’s history justice means the museum will develop gradually. In the meantime, we will occasionally give guided public tours of the building. Please check back in March for our tours dates over the spring and summer.
Day visits for educational groups & organisations:
The Observatory is a resource for group-led (or peer-to-peer) education. Archive collections, gathered objects and histories are seen as part of that resource, and we encourage use, redistribution and co-option. We will be open to school visits, university and para-academic use, and independent study groups. Please note that groups will need to use the Observatory in coordination with other users, and if this is part of an educational program, the program should be self-organised. If you are after something more specific, such as an educational workshop or building tour, we are happy to discuss this with you. Any associated fees will contribute to the running of the project. For any queries, please get in touch.
Education & Heritage
Wirral Heritage Open Day Tours
The small team running the Artistic Research Centre will be giving bookable tours during Wirral Heritage Open Days, for up to 25 people per tour. The duration of tour is approximately 45 minutes.
In 2019, the team gave nine tours over a three day period.
Please note: these are guided tours. Accessing the whole building includes some uneven floors and many stairs. Unfortunately there is limited disabled access; however for people who use chairs, or have limited mobility, the ground floor is accessible. All bodies are welcome to join.
Open Day Tours 2020
Sadly due to corona virus restrictions, Wirral Heritage Open Days are not taking place this year.
We will be doing virtual bookable tours - please check back in late August