Dark Skies UK is a consultancy set up to deliver astronomy events, advise on dark sky designations and deliver high quality training to businesses wanting to tap into the expanding tourism market for stargazing.
Richard Darn sat on the working group that led to the designation of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and helped launch the Kielder Observatory. He also co-founded the Kielder Forest Star Camp, ran a high profile astro tourism training project for the Animating Dark Skies Partnership called Star Tips and began outreach astronomy in Kielder Forest in 1998. He continues to work ad hoc with Northumberland Dark Sky Park and is working closely with the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, along with a range of tourism businesses. He has appeared on BBC Sky at Night and Stargazing Live and has numerous TV and radio appearances to his credit. Aside from his dark sky work, he is an award winning media consultant who has worked for a wide range of high profile national clients.
“Richard is an excellent dark skies man – bringing marketing, tourism, training skills to a growing tourism market. He is easily able to adapt his style for any audience and has the expertise as an astronomer to delve into detail to delight and intrigue the audience when needed.”
Elisabeth Rowark, Customer and Commercial Business Relationship Manager, Northumbrian Water Group
Rob Ince is a former professional director of the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory and a scientist with a gift for communicating with diverse audiences. He successfully ran a £45,000 initiative in the North East of England to train 14 astro event providers and stage over 40 public stargazing opportunities, achieving outstanding levels of satisfaction. He is an accomplished astro photographer, well known on the amateur astronomy circuit, and wrote a regular stargazing column for the Scottish Daily Record. Rob is currently delivering a range of astronomy events and support for Bowland AONB and the Forestry Commission in the Lakes.