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Making Progress

The 300th birthday of the longitude act isn’t the only important anniversary this year. As well as significant commemorations for both the first and second world wars, 2014 marks 250 years since the death of William Hogarth. It’s also 10 years since the creation of the Foundling Museum, which commemorates…

The other Georgian story

One of the stories we hope to tell in the upcoming Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition is the sheer importance to Georgian society of finding a solution to the Longitude problem . This story not only includes exploits across the globe (Cook’s voyages and Bligh’s famous Bounty mutiny) but also takes…

#firstgeorgians

The last time I wrote on here was after a visit to Georgians Revealed at the British Library. I lauded the wonderful array of objects that they had on show, but also bemoaned the lack of any real inclusion of science in their rich display of eighteenth-century British culture. Yesterday…

Revealing the Georgians

As I have already commented elsewhere, the eighteenth century seems to be all the rage right now from exhibitions to books to TV shows. Just yesterday, the BBC announced a major new season across both radio and television Eighteenth Century Britain: Majesty, Music and Mischief. There are also only two weeks left…