The Herschels

A Family of Astronomers

A gifted composer, William Herschel came to Bath in 1766 to try his fortune as a professional musician.  He was later joined by his youngest sister Caroline, who journeyed from the family home in Hanover to run William’s household.  Although Caroline was unused to being in the public eye and had only a smattering of English upon her arrival in Bath, she was soon performing soprano parts in concerts arranged by William.  Both developed a passion for observational astronomy that was to change their lives.

Remembering their life in 19 New King Street – the home of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy – Caroline noted that ‘almost every room in the house turned into a workshop’  with William ‘grinding glasses and turning eye pieces’ to build his famous telescopes.

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