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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…

Harrison Decoded: Towards a perfect pendulum clock

   Uncategorized   January 16, 2015  No Comments

In July 2014 the NMM hosted on one-day conference, entitled Decoding Harrison, which presented the story of around forty years of collaborative research into John Harrison’s complex and surprising pendulum clock theory. During the conference the exciting result of a previously unannounced and unofficial test of Martin Burgess’s ‘Clock B’…