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Ada Lovelace and female computers

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, which aims “to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire”. Looking at the work of Ada Lovelace, the below blog was written by Rebekah Higgitt as…

Anniversary of the Longitude Act

Today is the anniversary of the first Longitude Act, which gained royal assent 301 years ago on 9 July 1714. It offered rewards to those who could find an accurate method for navigation at sea. Your latitude is relatively simple to discover, but finding your longitude proved a much more difficult task. …

Captain Cook and Art & Science of Exploration Tour

The free exhibition at the Queen’s House looks into early representations of some very extraordinary places.  It includes the first depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo in Western art, with our recently acquired beautiful Stubbs’ paintings, alongside stunning visual records of Captain Cook’s famous voyages of discovery. Last week our…

Steampunks are taking over the Royal Observatory!

Next year is the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act and we’re currently working on several projects, many of them as part of a major research project funded by the AHRC. One of the more unusual ideas we’ve come up with is Longitude Punk’d, a steampunk ‘takeover’ of the…