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Found in 43 Collections and/or Records:

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Annual estimates of expenditure, 1886 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/16
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the annual estimate of expenses incurred by the Royal Observatory and the submission to the Admiralty of annual draft estimates of expenditure. The letters are grouped by financial year, with each section listing the items of expense and give details of any extraordinary expenses.(1) Estimated expenditure for the financial year 1886-1887, including: 1. Amounts of individual salaries of Royal Observatory staff.2. First instalments of payment for...
Dates: 1886 - 1900
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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Astronomical telegrams, 1914 - 1918

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/104
Scope and Contents Astronomical telegrams and letters relating to them, including correspondence with other observatories, General Post Office, Bureau des Longitudes, Professor Strömgren and the military authorities regarding proposed changes in discriminating astronomical information as a result of the First World War, and telegrams and letters relating to the sighting of comets, including Metcalfe's, February 1915 (which was eventually deemed to be an asteroid), Mellishe's, February 1915, Taylor's, December...
Dates: 1914 - 1918
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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Correspondence on astrographic equatorials, 1887 - 1891

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/43
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning astrographic equatorials for the Greenwich and Cape observatories:Official and unofficial correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the photographic mapping of the heavens, the transfer of the telegraphic wires to the Post Office, and the extra expense of re-determining the longitude between Paris and Greenwich telegraphically, 1887.Official and unofficial correspondence with the Hydrographer of the Navy, A. Milner and Sir Howard Grubb concerning the...
Dates: 1887 - 1891
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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Correspondence on clocks, 1925 - 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/29
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning clocks, time and the 24-hour time system, including the following material:(1) Non-Observatory clocksMemorandum on the history of 'Joseph Knibb', 17th-century London clockmakers, 1925.Correspondence between Ethel M. Knocker, British Columbia, and Sir Frank Dyson regarding the history of Joseph Knibb, 1925.(2) Non-Observatory chronographs and transitsCorrespondence between Sir Harold Spencer Jones and the Mercantile Marine...
Dates: 1925 - 1946
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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Correspondence on computers, 1882 - 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/132
Scope and Contents Letter from the Secretary of the Admiralty regarding an explosion in the Chronometer Room and injuries to W. Bartlett, 1901.Letter from the Astronomer Royal concerning compensation for a computer, 1901.Letter from a group of computers regarding the Civil Service examinations, 1901.Printed notice, lists, conditions, etc., for clerkship examinations in the Civil Service, 1906.Letter from a group of computers regarding unsatisfactory conditions, with a reply from...
Dates: 1882 - 1912
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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Correspondence on galvanic time, 1855 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/613
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the communication of time by the Post Office telegraph. There are papers on the trials, costs and tests of clocks on the network; the regulation of clocks; proposals for time signals to be sent to naval dockyards from Greenwich; time balls at Portsmouth, Devonport, Sheerness, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool and the City Observatory, London; and a report by Airy on the workings of the Devonport Time Ball and sketches of its galvanic arrangement. The...
Dates: 1855 - 1858
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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Correspondence on longitude, 1902 - 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/148
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to longitude and its determination, including the following material:(1) Correspondence regarding the Potsdam-Greenwich Longitude via Emden and Bracton, 1902-1904.There is correspondence with C.T. Albrecht regarding accommodation, equipment and arrangements with the General Post Office (G.P.O.); correspondence with the G.P.O. regarding the line between the Royal Observatory and Potsdam; and a copy of 'Longitude Difference between Potsdam and Greenwich', a...
Dates: 1902 - 1928
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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Correspondence on solar physics, 1944 - 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/498
Scope and Contents Official correspondence with the General Post Office, Ministry of Works, Meteorological Office, Admiralty and others regarding solar physics, including letters concerning the Radar mirror for the Paris Observatory, including correspondence between the Allied Control Commission for Germany and H. Spencer Jones, 1947; correspondence regarding geomagnetic disturbances affecting General Post Office radio data and reports on sun spots and solar flares, 1947; and a report on the 'Solar Location...
Dates: 1944 - 1947
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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Correspondence on standard frequency transmissions, 1945 - 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/630
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding standard frequency transmissions of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, including the following items:Correspondence with H.M. Smith, 1954, including an extract from a paper by L. Essen on standard frequency time.Correspondence with H.M. Smith regarding barometric pressure variations on the rate of B5, including a graph; investigations of the sub-soil at Herstmonceux; bore-holes for quartz resonators; and variations in the rate of ring crystals,...
Dates: 1945 - 1954
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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Correspondence on telephone accounts, 1955 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/312
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Post Office telephone accounts, with related papers.
Dates: 1955 - 1963
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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Correspondence on the 1952 Eclipse Expedition, 1950 - 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/506
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the 1952 Solar Eclipse Expedition, including the following items: Correspondence with the bank regarding the transfer of money to Khartoum, 1952.Inventories of equipment, apparatus, food and medicine, and notes and correspondence on packaging, shipment costs and customs dues, 1951-1952. The correspondents include Thomas Cook, the Admiralty and the Sudan Government.Maps of Sudan and Iraq, 1951, showing the path of total eclipse of 25 February...
Dates: 1950 - 1952
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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Correspondence on the Deal Time Ball, 1877 - 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/255
Scope and Contents Report from G. Criswick regarding his visit to Deal to examine the apparatus of the time ball, 1877.Report from G. Criswick regarding his visit to Deal to examine the apparatus of the time ball, 1881.Letters concerning the sanitary alterations made at the Deal Time Ball tower, 1879.Letters regarding the widening of the roadway running past the Deal Time Ball tower, 1880.Correspondence with C.V. Walker regarding the failure of time signals,...
Dates: 1877 - 1913
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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Correspondence on the move to Herstmonceux, 1946 - 1957

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/644
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding the transfer of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and allied departments to Herstmonceux:(1) Correspondence, memoranda, manuscript notes and plans concerning the move, 1946-1948, including the following items:Memorandum from the Civil Engineer-in-Chief's office referring to estimates of costs, the Nautical Almanac Office, the Chronometer Department and the Solar Department Building.Letters to R. Atkinson from J.T. Williams, Admiralty;...
Dates: 1946 - 1957
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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Correspondence on the Post Office, 1955 - 1956

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/208
Scope and Contents Correspondence between H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory regarding the Post Office.
Dates: 1955 - 1956
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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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1861 - 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/615
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and the time ball service. There are various papers on the signalling of time by a falling ball or by cannon fire at Birmingham, Cardiff, Devonport, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Madras, Newcastle, Nice and the Palais Royale, Paris; proposals for time balls at Wellington (New Zealand), Ipswich, and Port Elizabeth; proposals for clocks and bells in Worcester; details of local time signals in 'The Scotsman', 'Daily Review', 'Glasgow Daily Herald',...
Dates: 1861 - 1866
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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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1866 - 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/616
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including a proposed time ball on Tuskar Rock in the Irish Sea, with a chart; a proposed time signal at Dundee; cable laying on the Great Eastern Railway; a proposed Ipswich Time Ball; the rating and errors of the Westminster and Post Office clocks; a proposed public clock for the City of London; electric clocks for the Adelaide Parliament, Madras (including a drawing) and Colaba Observatory in Bombay (including three...
Dates: 1866 - 1870
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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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1870 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/617
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including the failures of the Greenwich time signal; requests for information on time balls; the establishment of time balls or guns at Queenstown, Sheffield, Bristol and Manchester; a paper by S.P. Langley 'On the Allegheny system of electrical time signals'; experiments with the Post Office chronopher; corrections and errors of the Post Office and Westminster clocks; the system of operation employed by the London...
Dates: 1870 - 1875
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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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1875 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/618
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including the failures of the Greenwich time signal; notes and a report on the time signals at Portsmouth Dockyard; questions and answers on the Edinburgh time signals; a list of British time signal stations; enquiries from various individuals and the Norwegian and Swedish governments on time signals; time balls proposed for Calcutta and the West Indies; errors and corrections in the Westminster and Post Office clocks;...
Dates: 1875 - 1878
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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Correspondence on time signals, 1955 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/627
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding time signals, including duration, frequency, times, coordination of signals, equipment adjustments, replies to queries regarding radio time signals, clocks and the publication of lists of signals, the discontinuation of vernier radio time signals, reception reports and maintenance. The papers include the following items:Royal Greenwich Observatory circulars on solar activity, time signal adjustments and international time signals,...
Dates: 1955 - 1963
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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Correspondence on time signals, 1884 - 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/254
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence and related papers on the following subjects:Covering letter from W.H.M. Christie to a report by the Board of Visitors, received with thanks by C.A.B. Patey, 1888.Letter from W.H. Preece regarding Treasury matters, 1888.Mr Raikes' reply to a parliamentary question on the time service transmitted by J.W. Board, 1888.Letters from Christie to W.H. Preece regarding reforms of the time signal service, with letters of acknowledgement from...
Dates: 1884 - 1913
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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Correspondence on time signals, 1902 - 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/146
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning time signals, including the following material:Correspondence with E. Dent and Co. regarding irregularities in the Westminster Clock, tables of errors for the clock and newspaper cuttings relating to it, 1902-1906.Correspondence regarding the installation of a wireless-telegraph receiving station at Greenwich, 1912-1914.Correspondence of 1912-1915 regarding the inauguration of a wireless-telegraph time service from the Eiffel Tower and...
Dates: 1902 - 1936
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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Correspondence on transit of Venus, 1868 - 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/269
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to the transit of Venus, 1874. The correspondents include the Treasury; the Foreign Office; the India Office; the Colonial Department; the Agents General of New South Wales, Victoria and Southern Australia; the War Office; the Post Office; the Science and Arts Department; the Royal Society; the Royal Astronomical Society; the Nautical Almanac Office; and the Board of Visitors. There is also a report by Airy to the Treasury on telescopic observations of the transit of...
Dates: 1868 - 1878
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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Correspondence regarding time signals, 1879 - 1893

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/253
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the following subjects:Telegraphs announcing errors and failures in the time signal, 1879-1880.Complaints about the time signal sent to Glasgow, the General Post Office and Portsmouth, 1880-1881.T. Lewis and W.H.M. Christie on the correction of the mean solar clock and errors in the 10 o'clock signal, 1884.Explanation by W.H. Preece to H.H. Turner that the failure of the time signal is due to poor batteries,...
Dates: 1879 - 1893
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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Correspondence with Chatham Dockyard, 1954 - 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/189
Scope and Contents Correspondence between H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory regarding the Electricity Board and Post Office.
Dates: 1954 - 1955
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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Correspondence with tradesmen, 1856

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/731
Scope and Contents Correspondence with tradesmen, initials N-W, including letters from booksellers; clock repairers; horologists; draughtsmen; instrument makers; opticians; parcel carriers; engineers; chemists; the Phoenix Gas Company; the Gutta Percha Company; customs; journeymen; ironmongers; a scrap-metal dealer; the Post Office; a stove maker; and an auditor. The letters cover various instructions; requests; accounts; bills; receipts; circulars; tenders; invoices; routine repairs; and adjustments and...
Dates: 1856
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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