BAAVSS Meeting

2014 Jun 21st

15 Priory Street, York Y01 6ET


To commemorate the 250th anniversary of

the birth of John Goodricke







John Goodricke 1764-1786



10:00 - 10:30   Doors Open. Refreshments available

10:30 - 10:35   Welcome and Introduction,   Roger Pickard, Director

10:35 - 11:20   Martin Lunn   John Goodricke and Edward Piggot, The Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy

11:20 - 11:50   John Toone - The Life of Albert Jones

11:50 – 12:10   Andy Wilson - The VSS Database

12:10 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 - 15:00   Prof. Boris Gaensicke  -   Eclipsing Binaries: Something Different

15:00 - 15:30   Robin Leadbeater -  Nova Del 2013

15:30 - 16:15   Tea Break

16:15 - 16:45   Dr David Boyd - The asynchronous Polar V1432 Aquilae and its path back to synchronism

16:45 - 17:30  Short Presentations     Stan Waterman, Jeremy Shears, John Toone, Dr. David Boyd

17:30 - 17:35 Concluding remarks and finish

Entrance fee will be £7.00 for BAA members and £10.00 for non BAA members, with refreshments available throughout the day.  Please pay when you sign in to the meeting.  Lunch is not provided but there are plenty of cafe's and pubs local to the venue.  Attendees may wish to bring a packed luncheon with them, as York is extremely busy during the Summer period, especially on Saturday's and waiting times in pubs/cafe's may be unreasonable.

Nearby, you can visit The Treasurer's House; Goodricke's home marked with a bronze plaque and the astronomical clock in York Minster, all within easy walking of each other.


For those travelling by train, York Railway Station is less than 10 minutes walk away.  However, as car parking is very limited as the venue is being shared with others that day (although not our specific area!), it is suggested that those using this method of transport make use of the “Park and Ride” facility for just £2.70

For attendees travelling from the South, St. Georges car park is recommended.  Access is off the A1036 Tower street, and does not involve driving through York on a busy Saturday.  Exit back to the A19 is also easy, and again does not require passage through the centre of the city.  The car park is 10-15 minute walk from the venue.  Other nearer car parks can be found on Nunnery Lane.  See  Charges are usually £11.50 for all day parking, with blue badge parking free.


Overnight accommodation

Should you which to stay overnight on either or both the Friday and the Saturday then the Premier Inn on Blossom Street is only 5 minutes walk away and so is very convenient for our meeting.