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Astro Art: Aurorae

Melanie Vandenbrouck is Curator of Art for Royal Museums Greenwich and one of the judges for our Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition. Looking ahead to the 2015 competition she draws inspiration from our art collection.  Being on the judging panel of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is making me…

Telling the story of the Astronomers Royal

Thanks to generous funding from DCMS and the Wolfson Foundation we can move ahead with a refurbishment of Flamsteed House. The new displays will look at the everyday lives and personal stories of the Astronomers Royal. To celebrate the announcement our Curator took part in live twitter event where we outlined…

Longitude, Steampunk and Satellites

Throughout 2014 Royal Museums Greenwich will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act, with a series of exhibitions, publications and events exploring human efforts to determine their position and navigate their way around the globe. As well as being part of a fascinating historical and scientific story the Longitude…

Royal Observatory discovers unconventional use of historical object

1 April 2014 – Experts at the Royal Observatory Greenwich have discovered that a mural quadrant, originally thought to be used as a telescope mount for star-gazing astronomers, had another much more unusual use – to cut up cheese. The 18th-century mural quadrant was studied by experts at the Observatory after…