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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…

Observing at Greenwich with Dryden Goodwin

Curator of Art, Katy Barrett, looks at our recent contemporary art exhibition  I’ve taken myself and longitude into new waters recently as I’ve been curating the fourth contemporary art show in the Queen’s House, Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. For the exhibition, Goodwin has created his first…

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…

Guest post: Eccentric ideas for the discovery of Longitude

This week’s guest post comes from Tom Gurling, part of our Visitor Experience team. Various ideas had been proposed for centuries which claimed to offer a solution to the problem of discovering one’s longitude at sea. However, following the passing of the 1714 Act of Longitude and the potential award…