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Royal Observatory, Greenwich

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Found in 101 Collections and/or Records:

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Memorandum book recording travel and expenses, 1799 - 1802

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/2/9
Scope and Contents

Notebook comprised mainly of tables of distances travelled, prices paid and expenses incurred by Nevil Maskelyne, his friends and assistants, including expenditure on Basset Down.

Dates: 1799 - 1802
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Memorandum book 'Travelling 1802', 1802 - 1805

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/2/11
Scope and Contents

Notebook comprised mainly of tables of distances travelled, prices paid and expenses incurred by Nevil Maskelyne, his friends and assistants. Also includes a list of work to be done at Basset Down.

Dates: 1802 - 1805
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Nevil Maskelyne: Personal and Family Papers, 1749 - 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218
Scope and Contents A collection of papers of Nevil Maskelyne and letters relating to his family, including the extended family (by marriage) of his daughter, Margaret Story-Maskelyne. The collection includes an account and diary of a voyage to India mentioning Nevil Maskelyne and Lord Clive, twelve memoranda books and one account book belonging to Maskelyne, and a catalogue and list of his books. There is also a set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The letters include...
Dates: 1749 - 1950
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note by Nevil Maskelyne concerning the regulations governing his position as Astronomer Royal, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/14
Scope and Contents From the File:

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1765
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Note from Captain [Bentwick] about presenting Greenwich observations to a library in Holland, 1774-05-02

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/22
Scope and Contents From the File:

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1774-05-02
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notes and tables on various rates of chronometers, 1779 - 1826

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 107-111
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1779 - 1826
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notes on a trial of Thomas Cumming's chronometer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1820-06-24 - 1820-11-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/24: 363
Scope and Contents From the Sub-file:

Tables and notes on the rate of a chronometer by Thomas Cumming which was tested at the Royal Society and Royal Observatory, Greenwich; with three related letters from C.G. Briscoe and Cumming.

Dates: 1820-06-24 - 1820-11-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notes on the errors of Earnshaw's timekeepers, 1796-01 - 1797-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 346-348
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1796-01 - 1797-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notes on the rates of chronometers, 1823

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 71
Scope and Contents From the Item:

Includes accounts of the rates of chronometers, reports on chronometer trials, and eleven related letters.

Dates: 1823
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Printed letter concerning a chronometer for HMS Confiance under Lieutenant A.F. Belson, 1831-05-23

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 5/231: 24
Scope and Contents

Sent from Francis Beaufort to John Pond.

Dates: 1831-05-23
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Prints of drawings or engravings, chiefly of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich; also plan of the Observatory, 1730 - 1990

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 116/7
Scope and Contents

Various prints from original drawings and engravings, with some later copies. Subjects include views of Flamsteed House, the Royal Observatory buildings, Greenwich Park and environs, and astronomical instruments. A plan of the Observatory is also included.
Note that RGO 116/7/28-30 are outsized and housed separately.

Dates: 1730 - 1990
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Rates of Mr Earnshaw's timekeepers tried at the Royal Observatory in 1799, 1800-12-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 330-332
Scope and Contents

With an accompanying note from Earnshaw.

Dates: 1800-12-06
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Regulations for the Astronomical Observator at Greenwich, 1765-03-16

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/12
Scope and Contents

Document outlining the regulations to be followed by the Astronomical Observator and his assistant at Greenwich. Signed by the Earl of Sandwich and King George III.

Dates: 1765-03-16
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Report on the rate of Joseph Manton's watch at the Royal Observatory, 1808-12-05 - 1809-02-27

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/24: 453
Scope and Contents From the Sub-sub-file :

Two letters and a report on the rate of his chronometer.

Dates: 1808-12-05 - 1809-02-27
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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RO and RGO Solar Plates, 1918 - 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 50
Scope and Contents RGO 50 is the product of a solar observation programme begun in 1873 at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and continued, from 1953 to 1979, at Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux. It primarily consists of a sequence of glass plate negatives of daily observations. Where no plate was produced at Greenwich or Herstmonceux the gap has been filled by sourcing plates from observatories elsewhere around the world, particularly the Indian observatories at Kodaikanal and Dehra Dūn. Observation...
Dates: 1918 - 1979
Conditions Governing Access: N.B. THIS SERIES IS NOT STORED AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. Requests for access may be directed to the Royal Greenwich Observatory Archivist by sending an email to mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Items RGO 50/747a, 1155a, 50/14971 and 22230 are marked as missing in the original manuscript listing.
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RO and RGO Solar Plates Contact Prints, 1873-06-02 - 1972-08-02

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 51
Scope and Contents The 1873-1917 prints in this class were made from glass plate negatives which are no longer extant. The plates were the product of a solar observation programme begun in 1873 at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich but are thought to have been destroyed in the First World War. The sequence of images is a continuation of RGO 67: Kew Observatory solar photographs (1858-72) and is itself continued by RGO 50: Royal Observatory Greenwich and Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux Solar Plates...
Dates: 1873-06-02 - 1972-08-02
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Royal Observatory documents, 1752 - 1811

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3
Scope and Contents

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1752 - 1811
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Table of the daily rates of Kendall's first watch, 1786-11-30 - 1787-04-26

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 186-187
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1786-11-30 - 1787-04-26
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Table of the daily variation of Thomas Cumming's chronometer, 1819-09-20 - 1820-12-27

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/24: 354-359
Scope and Contents From the Sub-file:

Tables and notes on the rate of a chronometer by Thomas Cumming which was tested at the Royal Society and Royal Observatory, Greenwich; with three related letters from C.G. Briscoe and Cumming.

Dates: 1819-09-20 - 1820-12-27
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Tables on the rates of chronometers tested at the Royal Observatory, 1823 - 1825

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 83-85
Scope and Contents From the Item:

Includes accounts of the rates of chronometers, reports on chronometer trials, and eleven related letters.

Dates: 1823 - 1825
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Tables on the rates of Mr Mudge's Green and Blue timekeepers, 1783 - 1789

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 114a-118
Scope and Contents From the Item:

Includes accounts of the rates of his chronometers Green and Blue, as tried at the Royal Observatory, reports outlining objections to his petition, and seven letters.

Dates: 1783 - 1789
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Testimonial for Nevil Maskelyne from the Mathematical and Astronomical Professors at Cambridge, 1764-10-27

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/6
Scope and Contents

The Rev. Nevil Maskelyne's testimonial from the Mathematical and Astronomical Professors at Cambridge, in favour of his abilities as a fit person to execute the office of his Majesty's Astronomer at Greenwich. Signed by Roger Long, Robert Smith, Anthony Shepherd and Edward Waring.

Dates: 1764-10-27
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Testimonial for Nevil Maskelyne from the Royal Society, 1764 - 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/7
Scope and Contents

The Rev. Nevil Maskelyne's testimonial from the Right Honourable Earl of Morton, President, and the principal members of the Royal Society, in favour of his abilities as a fit person to execute the office of his Majesty's Astronomer at Greenwich.

Dates: 1764 - 1765
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Titles of papers relative to the Royal Observatory and Royal Society in the possession of Sir Joseph Banks, 1765 - 1820

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/15
Scope and Contents From the File:

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1765 - 1820
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Warrant for payments to be made to Nevil Maskelyne in his role as Astronomical Observator, 1765-06-15

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/13
Scope and Contents From the File:

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1765-06-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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