Navigating 18th Century Science and Technology: the Board of Longitude
Thursday, 18 July 2013
14:00 – 17:15

Location: SG1, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge

Cambridge University Library holds the complete papers of the Board of Longitude through the eighteenth century until its abolition in 1828. This collection throws a vivid light on the role of the British state in encouraging invention and discovery, on the energetic culture of technical ingenuity in the long eighteenth century, and on many aspects of exploration and maritime travel in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic.

This meeting marks the online release of a digitised version of this archive and many related manuscript and printed materials of crucial importance for understanding the cultures of travel, invention and inquiry in the long eighteenth century. The project has been supported by JISC and forms part of the Cambridge Digital Library. This remarkable digital archive consolidates resources held at Cambridge University Library as well the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, together with detailed metadata and contextual resources to place the material within a rich intellectual framework.

Speakers at the meeting will address the historic importance of the archive and of the Board of Longitude, as well as discussing important issues in digital humanities and the role of researchers in the production and interpretation of such digitised collections.

The meeting will be followed at 17-30 at the Cambridge University Library by a reception and the official launch of the online collection.

Confirmed speakers include:
Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire)
David Philip Miller (University of New South Wales)
Larry Stewart (University of Saskatchewan)
Nigel Thrift (University of Warwick)
Sophie Waring (University of Cambridge)
A provisional programme will be available soon. The event is free to attend but registration is required. Go online at