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    Board of Longitude archive - trial launch of digitised material
    From: UNK
    Date: 2013 Feb 1, 03:22 -0800

    I’m delighted to announce that the Cambridge Digital Library has just launched some samples of material from the Board of Longitude archive, which is being digitized under a JISC-funded project, ‘Navigating Eighteenth Century Science and Technology: the Board of Longitude’. You can view the material at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/longitude.

    We’ve put up three volumes from the Board’s archive: the first volume of confirmed minutes (1737-1779), which includes a full transcription and covers all the meetings involving John Harrison; William Wales’s log from Cook’s second voyage; and a group of letters and reports by astronomers and captains about work on late 18th and early 19th century voyages of discovery. For all three, we’ve also begun to make links with the collections at Greenwich.

    The rest of the archive (including other material from Cambridge and Greenwich) will go online this summer, but we’d like to get feedback on how it works and things we can do to improve it. There’s lots of interesting stuff in the three volumes, so please have a look and email any comments to Huw Jones at Cambridge University Library (hej23@cam.ac.uk).

    With best wishes
    Richard Dunn
    Royal Museums Greenwich

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