“Navigational instruments as a source of historic information” National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London, on Thursday 16 November 2006

Please send all enquiries to: [email protected]. Over the last twenty or so years, museum artefacts and material culture have come to play important roles in explaining historical and scientific developments. Historians from a number of disciplines are increasingly engaging with scientific instruments and learning to interpret them in similar ways to archival and printed sources. Artefacts found in shipwrecks by maritime archaeologists have played an important role in this process. The National Maritime Museum Greenwich, keeper of the world’s largest, and perhaps pre-eminent collection of navigational instruments, announces a call for papers for a symposium that will explore the topic: ‘using navigational instruments for historical research’. The Museum invites maritime historians, historians of science and exploration, museum curators and maritime archaeologists to use the meeting to exchange their experiences and views on the subject. The aim of the symposium is to improve our understanding of the ways in which navigational instrument collections can illuminate history and historical process. Papers should be for a maximum of 30 minutes. Those wishing to attend, and those interested in speaking at the conference are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 250 words to Mrs Janet Norton, Research Administrator, National Maritime Museum, LONDON SE10 9NF, by 1 May 2006. e-mail [email protected]. The symposium will be held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London, on Thursday 16 November 2006. If there is sufficient response the meeting may be extended over the morning of Friday 17 November. That evening the Annual Lecture of the Scientific Instrument Society will be given by Dr Willem Mörzer Bruyns, who holds the National Maritime Museum’s 2005-07 Sackler Research Fellowship in the History of Astronomy and Navigational Sciences, and will focus on the Museum’s collection of navigating instruments.