How many of us have made a New Year’s Resolution with the best of intentions to keep it? How many of us have also broken them (often accidentally) within weeks?! Maybe a New Year wish upon a star would be more appropriate….
Whilst having a delve back through the local newspapers for 1916 to see how the New Year began 100 years ago, inevitably the papers were full of news of the war and the traditional list of individuals receiving New Year Honours. Of note in this particular year was a knighthood for ‘Alderman W. H. Bowater, for three years in succession Lord Mayor of Birmingham’.
All the news articles were interesting, but what really caught my eye was a fantastic star chart showing the constellations and their position at 10.20pm on 1st January 1916.
I doubt they will print the same again this year, but if you do feel like a breath of fresh air, why not look up to the stars on 1st January 2016 and see if you can spot the constellations (weather permitting!) 100 years on.
Of course if you want to, you can find the latitude and longitude of any star with a celestial globe – as instructed by Henry Groombridge in The Lady’s and Gentleman’s Assistant, in the use of the Celestial and Terrestrial Globes (LP 07.2 SWI) published in 1786.
On reflection, 2015 has been a very difficult year across the world. Maybe instead of a New Year’s Resolution, we can all make a New Year’s Wish for a happy 2016 for everyone. The Geminids may have been and gone, but we can always hope to see a shooting star!
Here at the Iron Room, we would like to say thank you so much for reading our blog. We hope you have found the articles interesting, and maybe inspired you to go exploring through the archives yourself, as we certainly have this year! We have had some wonderful articles from guest authors who share in our passion for the history of Birmingham, its people and its places. We hope to bring you even more interesting articles next year.
A very Happy New Year to all!