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(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…

Need a longitude fix? We’ve got you covered

Last month we said a tearful goodbye to Ships, Clocks & Stars, which has been a large part of our lives for the past six months. The good news is that the closing of the exhibition does not mean the end of the longitude story here at Greenwich. Indeed the…

Guest post: 250 years ago today: Nevil Maskelyne becomes Astronomer Royal

Today’s guest post comes from Dr Rebekah Higgitt:  We’ve heard plenty about Nevil Maskelyne on this blog, which is unsurprising given that he was such a significant part of the Board of Longitude over four and a half decades. His first meeting at the Admiralty as a Commissioner of Longitude…

In your dictionary: the language of longitude

This appeared as a guest post by Katy for the OxfordWords blog run by Oxford Dictionaries … Words can be difficult and scary. Everyone has words that they can’t spell or can’t pronounce. I always say rhetoric wrong, and inevitably still get the ‘i’ and ‘e’ in receive the wrong way around. But…