Thomas Earnshaw’s troublesome chronometer

As Ships, Clocks & Stars makes its way round the world, there’s still time to look at the stories behind some of the objects in the exhibition. If you go see it now at the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of the objects you may come across is chronometer number 512,…

Time for dad – A longitude take on Father’s Day

It being Father’s Day today, I thought it would be a good moment to talk about a paternal quirk of the longitude story. In preparing our now imminent exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars, I’ve been struck by the number of historically significant father-son relationships in the Board of Longitude’s dealings,…