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Longitude Legends: Neville Maskelyne

This week’s Longitude Legend is one of my favourite characters from the Longitude story: Neville Maskelyne. He was played by Samuel West against Michael Gambon’s John Harrison in the TV miniseries ‘Longitude‘, based on Dava Sobel’s book ‘Longitude : the story of how a lone genius solved the greatest scientific problem of…

The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch

One of the challenges our exhibitions and interpretation teams faced when putting together the Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition was how to get across the sense of being truly lost at sea to an audience who, with the help of their the smart phones in their pockets and other modcons,…

Guest post: Why Should You Enter the Longitude Prize?

Today’s guest blog is from Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees. He tells us why you should take part in Nesta’s Longitude Prize 2014 which opened for entries today. The prize aims to use cash incentives to drive forwards innovation in the same way the 1714 Longitude Act helped solve one…

Guest post: Dressing up Steampunk Style!

Jema Hewitt is a costume artist and author whose Steampunk alter ego “Emilly Ladybird” is well known on the international steam punk Scene. Emilly is an adventurer and bon vivant devoted to absinthe and gin, while Jema has created several spectacular costume pieces for Longitude Punk’d including the iconic Orrery…