Board of Longitude project

These learning resources for KS2 and KS3 draw on stories and primary sources from the Board of Longitude archive. The archive documents British attempts to improve navigation at sea. From British inventors to tests on the other side of the world, it’s filled with stories of invention, innovation and discovery.

Find out more about the joint National Maritime Museum and Cambridge University Library project to digitise the Board of Longitude archive and associated materials.

Explorers (Key Stage 2)

This pack introduces the realities of life at sea for two young, inexperienced explorers and complements studies of other seafaring explorers such as Shackleton and Sir Francis Drake. The activities in this pack are focused on KS2 literacy, history, art and geography. They use primary sources as a starting point and encourage pupils to become explorers in their daily lives.

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Inventors (Key Stage 3)

The Longitude Act was passed in 1714 and offered rewards of up to £20,000 for anyone who could solve the problem of finding longitude at sea. This cross-curricular pack of images, films and activities provides a launch pad to investigate the history of enterprise, drawing together aspects of KS3 PSHEE and History.

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