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So longitude, farewell

This, as they say, is it. After just over five years of sometimes frenzied activity (some of which I’ve tried to capture in a project outcomes page), the Board of Longitude project has come to an end. Well, almost. Our AHRC funding finished at the end of July 2015, but there’s a…

(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…

In your dictionary: the language of longitude

This appeared as a guest post by Katy for the OxfordWords blog run by Oxford Dictionaries … Words can be difficult and scary. Everyone has words that they can’t spell or can’t pronounce. I always say rhetoric wrong, and inevitably still get the ‘i’ and ‘e’ in receive the wrong way around. But…

The 1707 Isles of Scilly Disaster – Part 2

In my last post, I discussed some of the events surrounding one of the Navy’s great tragedies – the Isles of Scilly shipwreck of 1707 – and what might have caused it. In this post, I want to consider its relationship to the Longitude Act of 1714. Accounts of the…