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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,…

(Re)Displaying longitude

This week’s blog comes from Louise Devoy, Curator of the Royal Observatory We’ve had a few months to refresh the Time and Longitude Gallery after the de-installation of Longitude Punk’d but it’s flown by like a 60-minute TV makeover programme! After the success of last year’s exhibition Ships, Clocks and…

Longitude Legends: James Cook

This week’s longitude legend is Captain James Cook, who features in not just one but two exhibitions currently on at Royal Museums Greenwich. The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-1780 in The Queen’s House displays the exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages…

Longitude Legends: Nevil Maskelyne

This week’s Longitude Legend is one of my favourite characters from the longitude story: Nevil Maskelyne. He was played by Samuel West against Michael Gambon’s John Harrison in the TV miniseries Longitude, based on Dava Sobel’s book Longitude : the story of how a lone genius solved the greatest scientific problem of…