5 May–30 October 2016
For hundreds of years, European merchants staked their fortunes on long-distance voyages. Travel at sea was dangerous and safe passage relied on fair weather and effective navigation. Unlike on land, the sea has no fixed points to help seamen determine their position. This could lead to unnecessarily long voyages or the loss of ships, cargo and life.
Travelling from the National Maritime Museum, London, this award-winning exhibition tells the story of the search for better ways of navigating by finding longitude – distance east and west. It was a problem that had frustrated the greatest minds since the late 1400s. Three hundred years ago the first Longitude Act offered life-changing rewards for workable solutions. Eventually two emerged – using clocks and stars – which cracked the longitude problem and helped re-shape our understanding of the world.
Please note: This ticket also provides access to Wildlife Photographer of the Year special exhibition.
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Exhibition produced by the National Maritime Museum, London
Sponsored by United Technologies Corporation
Supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program.