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 ‘Waggoner of the South Seas’ More…

Celebrating John Harrison

We’ve done a lot of celebrating here at Royal Museums Greenwich to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the passing of the 1714 Longitude Act, and with a full season of events, we have plenty more celebrating still to come. But the celebrations aren’t limited to Greenwich. Below, Year 6 pupils from John Harrison Primary School More…

Guest Post: Matthew Flinders – a celebration

David Barrie, author of Sextant, published earlier this year by William Collins, has kindly written this post on Matthew Flinders, the distinguished English navigator and cartographer who died 200 years ago. July 2014 marks the bicentenary of the death in 1814 of Captain Matthew Flinders RN, one of the great unsung heroes of British marine More…

The Longitude Act – 300 today

Today is the big anniversary of the first Longitude Act, which gained royal assent 300 years ago on 9 July 1714. From this Friday you can see the original Act on display – for the first time – in Ships, Clocks & Stars. Let’s start with some basics. The Act’s full title was ‘An Act More…