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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…

Longitude Legends: Isaac Newton

Writing a blog post about Sir Isaac Newton is a rather daunting task for the non-expert like myself. What can you say about the great man that hasn’t been said before many many times? But it would be almost impossible to have a blog about the 18th century quest for…