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Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

Photo of the Week – Louise Devoy

Today’s photo of the week is the staff profile picture of our Royal Observatory Curator, Louise Devoy, created with a little 1920s inspiration. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is regularly used as a setting for staff members profile photos, with many having their photo taken in the Great Equatorial Dome. Louise…

Photo of the Week – Eclipse of the Sun

Emily from our Photo Studio has been looking at some amazing 1919 glass plates from our collection.  This week we were inspired by three glass plates from 1919 of the eclipse of the Sun. The glass plates are 8” x 10” and very fragile; in spite of having had object handling training…

Mystery object found in Greenwich Park baffles experts

1 April 2015 – A local dog-walker last night found a strange object in Greenwich park which is currently baffling scientists. “I was taking my dog Horatio for an evening walk round a patch of trees in the park,” explains Greenwich resident Alf Poroli, “when he started barking wildly and…

Zig-zagging : how to confuse the enemy at sea

This zig-zag clock – a rare object from the Second World War, now on display at Royal Observatory Greenwich – was part of a Top Secret, and incredibly dangerous, defence tactic used by Allied convoys throughout the Battle of the Atlantic, the fiercest naval struggle in modern history. An unusual timepiece,…