I will be investigating the Board’s role between the late 1760s and its dissolution in 1828. In this period the Board sponsored and equipped voyages into the Pacific and Atlantic, and was involved in searches for the North West passage. It also continued to assess, encourage and sponsor innovation in the development of instruments and techniques for navigation and surveying. Drawing on his previous work on the Greenwich Observatory and its instruments such as clocks and telescopes, I will be considering questions of how expertise is assessed, how techniques of manufacture and use are standardised, and how knowledge and skills are transferred across time and space between disparate communities of artisans, astronomers and navigators.
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