One strand of my current research relates to the history of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, an institution which, like the Board of Longitude, was established in order to help find a solution to the problem of finding longitude at sea. By 1714, when the Board was established, it appeared to be no closer to offering that solution. I am interested in examining the relationship between the Observatory and the Board, beyond the obvious fact that the Astronomer Royal was an ex officio Commissioner of the Board. I am particularly interested in the public perception of both; who expected what from each; who was invested in their success or beneficiary of their interest; who, if anyone, thought them a waste of public money; and whether the wider public understood.
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