Herschel's home in Bath was privately purchased on March 13th 1981, exactly 200 years after his famous discovery of Uranus from the garden with his home-made telescope, to create a museum. A major redesign was started in 2000 to coincide with the 200 years since Herschel's discovery of infrared radiation and Caroline Herschel's 250th anniversary.
The Society is a trustee of the Herschel House Trust together with the Royal Society, the Royal Astronomical Society, Bath University and the Bath Preservation Trust. It is a registered charity which is able to support the Herschel House Trust in practical ways.
Society members are given unrestricted free access to the Museum during its opening hours throughout the year, providing their membership is paid to date. Local members assist at the museum.
The Society organises public lectures, particularly the Annual Herschel Lecture and the pre-Christmas lecture at Bath University. Regular meeting are held for members on the first Friday evening of the month in Bath. From time to time an astronomy course is advertised for members and non-members. An Annual General Meeting is held at which the accounts are declared and election of officers takes place.
As a members you will receive two copies a year of the Journal of the William Herschel Society called the Speculum. This contains news and historical reviews relating to the Herschel family and their music and scientific interests. The Society undertakes research into the life and times of the Herschel Family and publishes books for sale through the museum shop. Becoming a member of the William Herschel Society is a practical way to bring support to the Herschel Museum. We have a world -wide membership consisting of people from all walks of life, including professional and amateur astronomers.