Ships, Clocks and Stars


John Harrison makes the big time!  A cleverly curated exhibition at the National Maritime Museum has Harrison and his clocks centre stage – where they should be.  Once again, the coming together of science and aesthetics takes your breath away when you see them, especially H1, his first, which made its watery debut on the River Humber just down the road. The rest of the exhibition is very good at placing Harrison in context and in dispelling a few myths. For example, Harrison wasn’t so badly treated, Maskelyne wasn’t such a villain and lunar method did have a role to play in navigation.

It’s on until the beginning of January. Do try to see it if you can. The book of the exhibition is also very good and not expensive for what it is.


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