Weather observations commenced at the university in London Road in 1901, and today there are over 100 years unbroken daily records of temperature, rainfall etc. Most of the instruments are fully automatic, and logged by computer every second of every day, 365 days per year. The wide range of observatory instruments and their records provide a valuable teaching and research resource to the Meteorology Department as well as continuing the long climate record.
The Observatory tours are open to university staff/family members, students, alumni, university neighbours and interested general public, subject only to capacity limit (20 persons per tour). No age restrictions.
The tour will take place regardless of weather conditions: bring a coat or umbrella if raining, and suitable footwear as the site can be muddy in wet weather. There is little shade, so you may wish to bring a hat or bottled water in warm weather.
The Atmospheric Observatory is located between the Science and Technology Centre and Bridges Hall. The nearest entrance is Earley Gate. There is very limited parking around the Observatory: please use public transport if possible. Assemble by the sign marked ‘Atmospheric Observatory’.
The tour is free of charge, but numbers are restricted to 20 visitors on each occasion. Places are first come, first served. Booking details can be found at https://www.reading.ac.uk/events/Feed/2022/August/Atmospheric-Observatory-guided-tours-Aug