On 21st May 2004 John Croucher, Professor of Statistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, will be giving a lecture at the National Maritime Museum, London entitled ‘The Remarkable Janet Taylor: first lady of navigation’. His subject, Janet Taylor, was one of the very few woman instrument makers working in London in the 19th century. Taylor was also a skilled mathematician, an accomplished astronomer and a prolific author during a career that spanned over thirty years.=20 Professor Croucher is one of Australia’s most prominent academics. He currently holds a Chair in the prestigious Macquarie Graduate School of Management and was a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, London in 2003. He has published over sixty journal papers and written 14 books. He has been researching Taylor’s life for over three years and has a particular personal interest in Janet Taylor since she was his great-great-great-great-aunt. He is therefore perfectly placed to provide a fascinating account of this skilled instrument maker.=20 The National Maritime Museum has a number of instruments made by Taylor in its collections and some of these, including the gold and silver sextant made for the future King Edward VII, will be on display in the lecture theatre. There will be time after the lecture to take a closer look at them as well as some of her books. Following the lecture there will be a chance to visit the new displays on the Upper Court where there will be a wide range of navigational and astronomical instruments from the Museum’s collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The lecture will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the National Maritime Museum at 11am. Entrance to the lecture and to the Museum is free and all are welcome.=20 If you would like more information on the lecture, the instruments of Janet Taylor or the new displays at the National Maritime Museum, please e-mail me at [email protected]. For details of how to reach the National Maritime Museum go to: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/site/navId/005000000 Regards, Rob Warren

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Rob Warren Assistant Curator of Navigation Royal Observatory Greenwich SE10 9NF Tel. 020 8312 6568 E-mail [email protected] Fax 020 8312 6734 Web site www.rog.nmm.ac.uk