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The library includes The Crawford Collection – a magnificent library of astronomical books and manuscripts – and one of the greatest scientific collections in the world

The Crawford Collection was gifted to the nation by James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford, and housed at the then newly built Royal Observatory Edinburgh when it was completed in 1896

Lindsay was a distinguished amateur astronomer who set up a private observatory on the family’s country estate in Aberdeenshire, in the north of Scotland in 1872, where he assembled the collection

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View a 360 video view of the Crawford Collection

Our librarian Karen Moran talks about the collection

ROE Through The Ages

Take a look at how the ROE has changed over the years, from the 1890s to today

Space Astronomy

The Royal Observatory and UK Astronomy Technology Centre have had leading roles in many space astronomy programmes over the years. This slideshow outlines some of that history and future to come.

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Family Friendly Activities

Any aspiring young writers, engineers or scientists in the family? We’ve teamed up with Curved House Kids to write a book about making and using the James Webb Space Telescope to unlock the mysteries of the Universe

You can download it for free, try the activities and write your own story! Suitable for ages 7-11