The Royal Observatory Greenwich is hosting an intriguing exhibition, “Longitude Punk’d,” taking visitors on a journey through time, back to the 18th century. The exhibition features eight British steampunk artists who reimagine the quest to discover longitude at sea. It’s an immersive experience that combines history, science, art, and imagination.

The exhibition’s key display is a steampunk-style clock, an eccentric piece that cleverly combines elements of the past with a futuristic aesthetic. The clock is a nod to John Harrison’s marine timekeeper, the first device that accurately measured longitude at sea, and a pivotal invention in maritime history.

Other exhibits include a steampunk ‘octant’ made from junk, a ‘chronophage’ (time-eater) and a ‘longitude punk’d’ dress. The artists have taken inspiration from the scientific instruments used in the 18th century, reimagining them with a punk twist. The exhibition also features a series of short stories, each one inspired by a different object in the display.

“Longitude Punk’d” offers a unique perspective on the quest for longitude, celebrating the inventiveness and creativity that drove this historical scientific endeavour. It’s a must-see for history buffs, art enthusiasts, and anyone with a penchant for the quirky and imaginative.

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