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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…

Guest post: A pirate map

Daniel Lange, who is studying for a PhD on 17th-century piracy, has been looking into the story behind a book of maps captured in the 1680s. Among the many fascinating objects that are currently displayed in Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude is a true pirates’ map: the…