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So longitude, farewell

This, as they say, is it. After just over five years of sometimes frenzied activity (some of which I’ve tried to capture in a project outcomes page), the Board of Longitude project has come to an end. Well, almost. Our AHRC funding finished at the end of July 2015, but there’s a…

Thomas Earnshaw’s troublesome chronometer

As Ships, Clocks & Stars makes its way round the world, there’s still time to look at the stories behind some of the objects in the exhibition. If you go see it now at the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of the objects you may come across is chronometer number 512,…

Where should you put your meridian?

With Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude now showing at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC until August, it’s high time I mentioned one of the objects we had on show in Greenwich, but which is now back in store. It’s rather revealing of the problem of…

Guest post: Longitude Legends – Edmond Halley

If you’ve visited Ships, Clocks & Stars (open until 4 January 2015), you probably noticed the rather fine portrait of the young Edmond Halley (1656-1742). Halley is now mostly known for correctly predicting the return of ‘his’ comet, but he was active in many fields and interested in longitude and…