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Being Caroline – A Second Self

November 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - December 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

A celebration of the life and achievements of Caroline Herschel.

Hers was the ultimate Cinderella story, Caroline was rescued from a life of neglect and drudgery at home not by a handsome prince, but by the kindness of her elder brother William. Disfigured by smallpox as a child her father cautioned her ‘against all thoughts of marrying, saying as I was neither handsome nor rich, it was not likely that anyone would make me an offer’.

It was her father who also introduced Caroline to the magic of stargazing, ‘taking me on a clear frosty night into the street, to make me acquainted with several of the beautiful constellations, after we had been gazing at a comet…’

The special exhibition in the Caroline Lucretia Gallery and throughout the house examines every aspect of Caroline’s life; her education, her singing career, her struggle to be a proper housekeeper for her brother, her reluctant forays into the social life of Bath and her extraordinary career as astronomer.

‘She was attached during fifty years as a second self to her brother,’ wrote her nephew John Herschel. John’s wife in turn described her as ‘the tough little German sister’.

Family Trail available.
Opening times are:

Weekdays 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm (last entry 4.15 pm)

Weekends and Bank Holidays 11.00am – 5.00pm


November 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
December 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
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Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King St,
Bath, BA1 2BL United Kingdom
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01225 446865

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