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Visualising Longitude

If you’ve been to Ships, Clocks and Stars already you’ll have quickly noted that the story of longitude isn’t just about scientific instruments. It’s also about lots of wonderful painted portraits, about graphic satires, about intricate maps and charts, and is prime for interpretation using audio-visuals. If you’ve not been…

The Art & Science of Exploration

Readers of this blog will be well aware that Ships, Clocks and Stars is not the only exhibition taking over the National Maritime Museum as part of our Longitude Season. As well as Longitude Punk’d up at the Observatory, we have recently opened The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-80 in the Queen’s…

Longitude in Georgian London walking tour

On Saturday 30 August I will be leading a walking tour to explore the many London-focused aspects of the longitude story. The aim is to share some of what is displayed in the Ships, Clocks & Stars in the locations in which they actually happened, reminding us of the local geography…

Guest post: Walking with Longitude: GPS Drawing workshops at National Maritime Museum

The day began with an uncanny text message from my Mum: ‘what’s the postcode for the museum? I need it for the satnav.’  Using a satnav to find your way to a GPS-enabled drawing workshop? It’s a far cry from using sextants and compasses and your wits to reach undiscovered…