Across the pond

I am currently in the US, researching collections, talking to curators and taking part in discussions regarding the National Maritime Museum’s planned 2014 exhibition on Longitude. There are some fantastic collections of scientific instruments in the US, some of which have objects that have great relevance to the wider story of finding longitude at sea (i.e. not the version that sees the case closed at the moment that John Harrison finished his sea watch). It is also an opportunity for me to think about some American perspectives on the topic. [Read more]

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About Rebekah Higgitt

Rebekah Higgitt completed a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London in 2004 and did postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2008 she has been Curator of History of Science and Technology at the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Her research and publications have mainly focused on scientific institutions, scientific biography, history of science and the relationship between science, government and the public in 19th-century Britain.
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