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Guest post: Eccentric ideas for the discovery of Longitude

This week’s guest post comes from Tom Gurling, part of our Visitor Experience team. Various ideas had been proposed for centuries which claimed to offer a solution to the problem of discovering one’s longitude at sea. However, following the passing of the 1714 Act of Longitude and the potential award…

Longitude Legends: James Cook

This week’s longitude legend is Captain James Cook, who features in not just one but two exhibitions currently on at Royal Museums Greenwich. The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-1780 in The Queen’s House displays the exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages…

Longitude Legends: Nevil Maskelyne

This week’s Longitude Legend is one of my favourite characters from the longitude story: Nevil Maskelyne. He was played by Samuel West against Michael Gambon’s John Harrison in the TV miniseries Longitude, based on Dava Sobel’s book Longitude : the story of how a lone genius solved the greatest scientific problem of…

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,…