Time and Space Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Longitude A series of 4 lectures Thursdays 2 – 23 November 11.00 – 13.00

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.

Speakers: Gloria Clifton — Head of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Jonathan Betts — Curator of Horology, NMM/ROG Richard Dunn — Curator of History of Navigation, NMM/ROG David Rooney — Curator of Timekeeping, NMM/ROG £20/£15


A Quiet Day for the Sun Study day Saturday 2 December 11.00 – 16.30

Discover how the Sun influences life on earth on this solar terrestrial physics study day. Explore what we understand and what we still have to find out about the Sun and examine its relationship to the phenomenon of outstanding natural beauty that is the Northern Lights or Aurorae Borealis. How are these formed and what are their scientific significance? How do they relate to recent discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope concerning the auroras at Jupiter and Saturn? The day includes the opportunity to use Britain’s largest refracting telescope at the Royal Observatory and will be contextualised by a history of solar astronomy, 1600 — 1900.

Speakers: Stan Cowley — Professor of Solar-Planetary Physics, University of Leicester and Head of the Radio and Space Plasma Physics group Dr Allan Chapman — academic historian of science, Oxford University Lisa Jardine-Wright — Time and Space Project astronomer, NMM/ROG John Griffiths — astronomy lecturer, NMM/ROG £25/£20


At the Speed of Time Symposium Saturday 27 January 11.00 – 16.30

What is time? What does it mean and how is it measured? Is time long, short, slow or fast? This day, located at the ‘home of time’ in Greenwich, explores the intricacies and complexities of time. In a world of accelerated speed and increasingly short attention span, discover how artists, writers, scientists and technologists are responding by promoting the alternative – slow and long time.

Speakers: Alexander Rose – Director of the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco Laura Williams – artist of Aluna Time tidal clock Carl Honore – author of In Praise of Slowness Thompson and Craighead – artists David Rooney – Curator of Timekeeping, NMM/ROG £25/£20

Bookings 020 8312 8560 open daily 10.00 — 17.00 All events take place at the National Maritime Museum