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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

26th March 1991 Marc Camoletti's Don't Dress for Dinner, premieres in London

26th March 1985 Actress Keira Knightley was born in Teddington, London.

26th March 1975 Tommy premieres in London

26th March 1973 Susan Shaw, is 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange

26th March 1924 The Premiere of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.go to related location

26th March 1874 Born today: Gerald du Maurier, London Engld, actor (Power, Escape, Masks and Faces)

26th March 1840 Born today: George Smith, London England, assyriologist (cuneiform (script))

The Royal Observatory



The Royal Observatory

One of the most important scientific sites in the world.

Location: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10 9NF

Description: The Royal Observatory was founded in 1675 by Charles II and is today one of the most important scientific sites in the world, being home to the Prime Meridian of the world and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

In March of 1675 John Flamsteed was appointed the first Astronomer Royal of the Royal Observatory and was given the task of finding longitude and thereby improving navigation at sea - a discovery that would lead to the lives of many seaman and sailors being saved.

The main building of the Royal Observatory is Flamsteed House, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and houses the elegant Octagon Room. Other buildings at the Royal Observatory include a dome housing a 28 inch refracting telescope - the largest of its kind in the UK- and London's only public camera obscura.

In 1960, shortly after the transfer of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) to Herstmonceux (and later Cambridge), Flamsteed House was transferred to the National Maritime Museum's care and over the next seven years the remaining buildings on the site were also transferred and restored for Museum use. Here the collections of scientific, especially astronomical, instruments has continued to grow. Following the closure of the RGO at Cambridge in October 1998, the site is now again known as the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

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The Royal Observatory

One of the most important scientific sites in the world.


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