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29 October 2014
This time last week, we transformed the Sammy Ofer wing foyer above Ships, Clocks & Stars into an 18th century coffee house, with a little help from a few special guests...


27 October 2014
In my last post, I discussed some of the events surrounding one of the Navy’s great tragedies – the Isles of Scilly shipwreck of 1707 – and what might have caused it. In this...


23 October 2014
On 13 November, we'll be taking an irreverent tour of Georgian London in our Clocking Off LATE, in association with Time Out. As well as our LATE regulars such as Curators on...


22 October 2014
The anniversaries of several important naval events take place in late October. Today, 22 October, is the anniversary of one of the British Navy’s greatest tragedies – the...


21 October 2014
Some ideas for finding longitude at sea did not rely on time. One of them was to use patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field, but these needed to be mapped for practical use....


16 October 2014
There were many proposed solutions to the Longitude problem, as discussed in Ships, Clocks & Stars. One of the main contenders was using Jupiter's Moons as a celestial...
13 October 2014
One of my favourite parts of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude exhibition is the evocation of an 18th-century coffeehouse. You can hear longitude enthusiasts...


6 October 2014

If you don’t have an accurate clock to tell the time with, you can use a celestial one-like the moon.

2 October 2014
We've had one poetic contribution on this blog recently with Isabel Rogers' post about her award-winning poem, 'John's Curious Machines'. As it's National Poetry Day today, I...


29 September 2014
The simplest solution to the problem of longitude was one of time difference. You can determine how far east or west you are of a given location if you know the difference...