Review of Greenwich Meantime & Navigation at sea- A talk with Mick Brown

Posted by Tenby Museum on Feb 22, 2019 Blog, Event Archive, News No Comments

Mick Brown gave a fascinating talk last night at Tenby Museum on the history of navigation.  He started the talk by discussing how animals navigate in comparison to humans before examining in more detail the history of maritime navigation.  This, he illustrated, was all based around the accuracy of coordinates, namely working out the latitude and longitude the give an accurate reading of where you were on the planet.  The talk took in the prime meridian, Ptolemy, Galileo, early methods of navigation, star charts, sextants and astrolabes before examining in more detail the way that longitude came to be accurately measured through the endeavours and genius of Yorkshire born horologist John Harrison in the 18thcentury.

 

Our next talk is looking at the Loveston colliery disaster of 1936 with David Llewellyn.  This talks place on Friday 15 March at 7pm and tickets are available from the museum (£5, or £4 for Friends of Tenby Museum).