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Special Collections

Palace Green Library Events

Time Machines: Talks Programme

2nd August 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

David Rooney - Travelling With Time: Stories from the Greenwich Observatory

To complement the exhibition, Time Machines, a series of talks and events has been scheduled. Over the course of the exhibition there will be a number of lunchtime and evening events with speakers covering a broad range of themes to complement the exhibition content. Please do keep an eye on our website for more details.

David Rooney, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, will present a talk entitled 'Travelling With Time: Stories from the Greenwich Observatory':

"What time is it? We are surrounded today by time signals through the radio, telephone and computers. But how did people check the time before this existed? In this lively illustrated talk, David Rooney tells the tale of how Greenwich Mean Time was distributed from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, focusing on the work of the Belville family who sold it to Londoners using a specially corrected pocket chronometer. Dr Rooney is a Keeper at the Science Museum, London, and formerly Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory. He writes and speaks widely on the history of technology and is the son of a prominent South Shields clockmaker."

This talk will be free of charge. Booking is not required for lunch time talks but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Enquiries regarding talks should be made to Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2976.

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