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  • The Sky at Night
  • Robson Green’s Northumberland
  • BBC Stargazing Live
  • LIve appearances  BBC Newsnight, local & national BBC News, Sky News, Look North
  • Searching For Light documentary filmed on location at European Southern Observatory sites in Chile
  • BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Newcastle, Tyne Tees, 5Live, BBC Radio 4 You & Yours


  • North-West Astro Fest 2013
  • BBC Stargazing Live 2013 Gibside National Trust event
  • Bowmore Distillery ‘Darkest Nights’ promotional event - London
  • Centre for Life Astronomy Season - Newcastle
  • Private and corporate functions at Kielder Observatory


  • 2013 Visit England Gold Award - Kielder Observatory events played a ‘key role in judges decision’
  • 2013 VONNE Outstanding Leader
  • 2012 Honorary MSc Durham University ‘in recognition of outstanding achievements in astronomy outreach’


  • Honorary Master of Science in Astronomy and Physics from University of Durham (awarded 2012)
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (elected 2007)                   
  • Member British Astronomy Association
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Enhanced CRB check

Founder Director and Lead Astronomer Kielder Observatory, Northumberland (September 2005 - present)

  •  Science Communication Program Manager & Presenter
  • Presented to 45,000 visitors at on-site events over 6 years
    • School Roadshow program design and delivery
    • Developed Kielder Observatory from dream, to concept, to reality
  • Fundraiser and volunteer co-ordinator

Director Orion Bricklaying Services (Sept 2004 – 2013)

  • Coordinate large team of subcontractors for high profile building projects in North-East
  • Extensive ‘problem-solving’ requiring excellent communication skills
  • Business development and administration
  • Gold-standard expertise on building sites (time served bricklayer 1987-2004)


  • International Dark Sky Association (2010-2013)                                                                       
  • Application September 2013
  • Kielder Observatory, Kielder Water Forest Park & Northumberland National Park
  •  Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (2007-2012)
  •  Kielder Forest Star Camps (2003-2012)
    • Conceived idea and led committee to launch first camps
    • Ranked in Top 10 Star Parties internationally
    • Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wildfowl Centre (2002-2005)
    • Inspired SAS to raise funds and develop project
    • Built the Observatory by hand
    • Sunderland Astronomical Society (1991-2003) Secretary and Member




Gary Fildes FRAS MSc

Gary Fildes

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