Archaeoastronomy Leaflets

Tregeseal Tour

This leaflet is a tour of the ancient sites around Tregeseal in west Conrwall, looking at how they relate to the Sun

Hurlers Tour Leaflet

This leaflet about the Hurlers Stone circles on Bodmin Moor was produced by the Mayes Creative, Dark Skies, Bright Stars project in 2017, to download the leaflet please follow the link

Ancient sites of Cornwall Leaflet

This leaflet is a tour of the ancient sites around Cornwall’s ancient site with links to the sky

The Lizard Peninsula – Ancient Beacons Leaflet

This leaflet is a self-drive tour of some of the Lizard’s wonderful ancient monuments. Many of these acted at beacons in the landscape and were a way for people to navigate and communicate with each other.

Archaeoastronomy and Natural Navigation Leaflet

This leaflet is all about archaeoastronomy and natural navigation techniques which can be used. The emphasis is on the West Penwith area of Cornwall but all the techniques can be used elsewhere in the UK. This was produced as part of the Dark Skies Bright Stars 2018 project – by


Astronomy History Resources

The Lizard Light-houses, Cornwall null by William Daniell 1769-1837

John Bradley Astronomer visits Cornwall 1769

John Bradley was the Nephew of Astronomer Royal James Bradley. He observed the Transit of Venus in 1769 and calculated the longitude of Lizard Point during the summer of 1769. This article is about his life and time in Cornwall. The following article originally published in the Society for the History of Astronomy’s Antiquarium Astronomer Issue 9 July 2015

Here is a leaflet produced as part of Mayes Creative Measuring the Universe Project in 2019. This was made to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Transit of Venus. It includes Bradley in 1769, as well as the 1761 transit and astronomer Haydon at Liskeard.

Malachy Hitchins – 18th Century Mathematician and Astronomer.

Malachy Hitchins was the vicar at St Hilary Chuchtown in Cornwall and worked for the Astronomer Royal on the Nautical Almanac, becoming the lead comparer of the tricky mathematics involved. The Almanac enabled sailors at sea to cheaply find their longitude by working through tables of the position of the Moon and planets

He also was a competent astronomer, having viewed the Transit of Venus in 1769 from Greenwich Observatory, London.

Article all about his life and work in Cornwall – he was comparer of the Nautical Almanac and a wonderful teacher to future generations of scientists.

Leaflet all about this Cornish Astronomer

Images of the Malachy Banners made but St Hilary School for the Mayes Creative Dark Skies Project. Now hung in St Hilary Churchtown schoolhouse museum.

John Couch Adams 19th Century Mathematician and Astronomer.

All produced by Mayes Creative during the Dark Skies project 2018

Tour of John Couch Adams’s Cornwall

Manga drawn John Couch Adams booklets, Manga drawings by Keith Sparrow.

John Couch Adams English version

John Couch Adams Cornish version