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Longitude solutions

Longitude Solutions When Isaac Newton testified to a Committee of the House of Commons in 1714 about four potential longitude solutions, he pointed out that there were key problems with all of them, but what were those proposed solutions? And what were the problems with them?   Time Keepers The…

Why longitude mattered

One of the truly special objects on display in the Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition is the Longitude Act of 1714 itself. The actual act, on loan to us from the Parliamentary archives, gives us some clues as to why Longitude was such a big deal in the 18th century….

Navigation vacation

‘Can you actually be ‘on holiday’ if you’re going on a cruise and you work at a maritime museum?’ asked one person when I explained that this summer, for my holiday, I would be boarding the Azamara Quest for a 10 day cruise from Rome to Istanbul. Well, it turns…

Guest post: John Harrison and the search for longitude – Isabel Rogers

This week’s guest post is from Isabel Rogers, whose poem John’s Curious Machines won the Cardiff Poetry Prize in July 2014. Below she shares what it was about John Harrison’s curious timekeepers that so inspired her. This year is the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act. You’re bound to know this:…