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Guest post: John Harrison and the search for longitude – Isabel Rogers

This week’s guest post is from Isabel Rogers, whose poem John’s Curious Machines won the Cardiff Poetry Prize in July 2014. Below she shares what it was about John Harrison’s curious timekeepers that so inspired her. This year is the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act. You’re bound to know this:…

Celebrating John Harrison

We’ve done a lot of celebrating here at Royal Museums Greenwich to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the passing of the 1714 Longitude Act, and with a full season of events, we have plenty more celebrating still to come. But the celebrations aren’t limited to Greenwich. Below, Year 6 pupils…

The Longitude Prize Committee: a new Board of Longitude?

Reposted from The H Word blog. The new Longitude Prize has nothing to do with longitude: that particular problem is long since solved. Yet it has a Longitude Committee that, like the original Board of Longitude, includes the Astronomer Royal. Lord Rees has borrowed the tercentenary of the first Longitude Act and the idea…

Longitude Prize 2014 launches

The past few days have seen a lot of online activity ahead of today’s launch of Longitude Prize 2014, and a number of us from the Museum attended a big event hosted by Tony Hall at the BBC this morning. Lots is already being said about the six areas now…