Longitudes Examined: Tercentenary Conference on the History of the Board of Longitude and the Determination of Longitude at Sea
Friday 25–Saturday 26 July 2014
Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
This major international conference marks the tercentenary of the passage of the Longitude Act on 20 July 1714. It offers the opportunity to discuss the history of the Board of Longitude during its subsequent century of activity, and the broad implications of the enterprises to determine longitude at sea.
This is a conference designed for the general public, and will address the main elements of the narratives of reward, discovery, controversy and excitement that surrounded the longitude projects of the time. The conference will explore how navigational techniques changed, how the Board of Longitude worked and the influence it exerted, and its very wide institutional, cultural and social significance.
The Conference is organised under the auspices of the AHRC project The Board of Longitude 1714–1828: Science, Innovation and Empire in the Georgian World.It coincides with the opening of a major exhibition on Longitude at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich.
National Maritime Museum,
Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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