Punking Parlour

With Longitude Punk’d now safely open, I thought I’d take a chance to add my congratulations to Matthew Dockrey, who won the competition we ran with his splendid Celatone. I wasn’t involved in the judging, but I was delighted that this entry won, because it absolutely fulfilled our hope that some of the genuine submissions More…

They’re here! Steampunk takes over

Our longitude celebrations kicked off in style yesterday with the opening of Longitude Punk’d at the Royal Observatory. To give you a flavour of what’s been going on, here are a few snaps from the last few days of the installation: See you soon at the Observatory!  

#firstgeorgians

The last time I wrote on here was after a visit to Georgians Revealed at the British Library. I lauded the wonderful array of objects that they had on show, but also bemoaned the lack of any real inclusion of science in their rich display of eighteenth-century British culture. Yesterday morning, those gripes were partially More…

Scrutinising an icon

Last week, I ventured over to the Royal Society to see Michael Hunter give an excellent talk about just one image: the iconic and much reproduced frontispiece to Thomas Sprat‘s History of the Royal-Society of London (London, 1667). What I hadn’t realised is that the image, which was designed by John Evelyn and engraved by More…