Discover the fascinating story of how the growth of the Royal Navy drove timekeeping technology, and see our curatorial and conservation team at work.
Improving navigation at sea was acknowledged as the best way to prevent loss of life, prompting the Royal Navy to demand more and more sophisticated equipment.
At the Time for the Navy gallery, find out how the Royal Navy and Royal Observatory histories are linked, how the Royal Observatory coordinated the servicing, repair and testing of all the Royal Navy's chronometers and see our Horology Conservation Workshop in progress.
About the gallery
Visit and see our beautiful collection of timekeeping instruments, some of which date back to the 1800s.
On display are objects including marine chronometers, which were designed to provide accurate navigation even at wide extremes of temperature; a regulator clock that provided Gibraltar with an accurate show of Greenwich time; and our collection of deck watches, which were sometimes used to transport time around a ship to and from box chronometers.
Entry to the Time and the Navy gallery is included with your ticket to Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard.
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