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    Symposium: Ideas in Movement: the Role of Conflict and Commerce in the History of Navigation
    From: Louise Devoy
    Date: 2014 Feb 6, 08:15 -0800

    Dear all,

    Ideas in Movement: the Role of Conflict and Commerce in the History of Navigation

    Thursday 3 - Friday 4 April 2014

    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

    Following successful meetings in 2010 and 2012, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Institute of Navigation are planning a third symposium to bring together current research in the history of navigation.

    2014 sees the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. While this conflict provided a powerful stimulus for research and development in navigation, technological developments have also sprung from users and from commercial imperatives. Indeed 2014 is also the 100th anniversary of the daredevil Lawrence 'gyro' Sperry’s demonstration of the aircraft autopilot in Paris. These two centenaries offer the opportunity to reflect on how experiences and ideas about movement and navigation have been shaped through conflict and commerce.

    Home of world-class collections in the fields of time, navigation, astronomy, cartography, and nautical technology, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK, invites historians and practitioners to examine the history of these ‘ideas in movement’ from the Armada to the present day.

    For more information please visit:


    We hope you will be able to join us.

    All best wishes,


    Dr Louise Devoy

    Curator, Royal Observatory

    Royal Museums Greenwich

    National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich | The Queen's House | Cutty Sark

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