A second in one-hundred days – the results

The last time I wrote about Clock B, we had just commenced an official 100-day trial to see if it would keep up with John Harrison’s expectations. In the last blog post the conditions and aims of the trial were outlined. In this post I will add a little detail…

(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…

Longitude Legends: Captain Bligh

Bligh and the Bounty In 1787, Lieutenant William Bligh, Cook’s sailing master on his third voyage, took command of the Bounty for a Pacific expedition. Its aim was to transplant breadfruit from Tahiti to feed enslaved people forced to work on West Indian plantations. Larcum Kendall’s second marine timekeeper, K2, was…

Longitude Legends: James Cook

This week’s longitude legend is Captain James Cook, who features in not just one but two exhibitions currently on at Royal Museums Greenwich. The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-1780 in The Queen’s House displays the exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages…