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A second in one-hundred days – the results

The last time I wrote about Clock B, we had just commenced an official 100-day trial to see if it would keep up with John Harrison’s expectations. In the last blog post the conditions and aims of the trial were outlined. In this post I will add a little detail…

Happy Birthday Mr Harrison

Today (3 April) marks the 322nd birthday of Mr John Harrison. To celebrate, the very talented Emily Churchill from the RMG Photo Studio baked a special cake, commemorating one of Harrison’s greatest achievements, his H4 seawatch (and very delicious it was too!). In 1726 John Harrison, a carpenter and clock-maker, learned…

The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch

One of the challenges our exhibitions and interpretation teams faced when putting together the Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition was how to get across the sense of being truly lost at sea to an audience who, with the help of their the smart phones in their pockets and other modcons,…

Guest post: Why Should You Enter the Longitude Prize?

Today’s guest blog is from Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees. He tells us why you should take part in Nesta’s Longitude Prize 2014 which opened for entries today. The prize aims to use cash incentives to drive forwards innovation in the same way the 1714 Longitude Act helped solve one…