Blackheath Ave, London
LONDON - Greenwich, England, SE10 8XJ
Phone: 020 8858 4422
The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August. The site was chosen by Sir Christopher Wren. At that time the king also created the position of Astronomer Royal, to serve as the director of the observatory and to "apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying of the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting of the art of navigation." He appointed John Flamsteed as the first AR. The building was completed in the summer of 1676.The building was often called "Flamsteed House", in reference to its first occupant.
The scientific work of the observatory was relocated elsewhere in stages in the first half of the 20th century, and the Greenwich site is now maintained as a museum.
There are two Penny Souvenirs machines located at this venue. Machine 1 is located in the paid for section of the Museum. The admission fee is well worth paying as the exhibits are literally out of this World. The staff are brilliant, knowledgeable and more than happy to help with queries
Machine 2 is freely accessible in the Astronomy section of the Museum.
Machine 1 (Pay Area) - each design is a £1 to roll and has a dotted border.
1) Prime Meridian - Greenwich.
2) Flamsteed House - Greenwich.
3) Telescope - Greenwich.
4) Hershel's Telescope - Greenwich.
Machine 2 (Astronomy Building) - each design is a £1 to roll and has a dotted border.
1) Yuri Gagarin - Greenwich.
2) Saturn - Greenwich.
3) Altazimuth Pavilion - Greenwich.
4) Bronze Cone - Greenwich.
April 2016 - Details uploaded I.T.Hope.