The Dingwall-Beloe Lecture
Winners and losers

Monday 24 November 2014,

Free, booking essential

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The Trustees of the British Museum and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers have the pleasure of inviting interested horologists and their guests to attend the Dingwall-Beloe Horological Lecture

Andrew King celebrates the ‘Act of 12 Queen Anne Chapter 15’ – ‘An Act for Providing a Publick Reward for such Person or Persons as shall Discover the Longitude at Sea’

300 years ago the British Government passed this Act offering millions of pounds in the value of money today to anyone – with no further qualification – who could find a “Method” to solve a problem which had bedevilled the Maritime World for centuries.

Were there ever any winners? Were the Commissioners a bigoted body of Parliamentary appointed stooges or were they working in the best interests of the Nation and World Wide Navigation? Perhaps some deeply researched evidence can provide some answers.

This event was founded with funds bequeathed to the British Museum by Eric Dingwall, formerly Assistant Keeper of Printed Books in the British Library, and to the Clockmakers' Company by noted horological collector Reginald Beloe. It is intended that these annual lectures should make new contributions to our understanding of the history of horology, at an international level.

The lecture will take place in the BP Lecture Theatre beneath the Great Court and will be followed by a reception.

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