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…

Where should you put your meridian?

With Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude now showing at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC until August, it’s high time I mentioned one of the objects we had on show in Greenwich, but which is now back in store. It’s rather revealing of the problem of…

Guest post: Eccentric ideas for the discovery of Longitude

This week’s guest post comes from Tom Gurling, part of our Visitor Experience team. Various ideas had been proposed for centuries which claimed to offer a solution to the problem of discovering one’s longitude at sea. However, following the passing of the 1714 Act of Longitude and the potential award…

Guest post: Mr and Mrs Maskelyne

In anticipation of a new book on Nevil Maskelyne, Amy Miller, Curator of Decorative Arts and Material Culture at Royal Museums Greenwich, tells us about a pair of miniatures of the fifth Astronomer Royal and his wife. Earlier this week, two portraits of Nevil Maskelyne and Sophia Rose Maskelyne went…