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4 week lecture series exploring the story of finding Longitude

King Charles II founded the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1675 to address the problem of finding longitude at sea. In 1714, as further inducement, Parliament offered £20,000 for a solution. This course, led by experts from the Observatory, explores the subsequent race and rivalries to solve the puzzle. It looks at the major players, examines the life and work of John Harrison, whose ‘sea clocks’ eventually provided the answer, and at Rupert Gould, the man who restored them in the early 20th century. It includes curator-led behind-the-scenes tours and demonstrations.


Gloria Clifton | talks
Jonathan Betts | talks
Richard Dunn | talks
David Roonney | talks


Date and Time:

2 November 2006 at 11:00 am


2 hours



National Maritime Museum
Park Row
SE10 9NF
020 8312 6716

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£20/£15 concessions

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National Maritime Museum
020 8312 8560

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