Engineering and Materials Research Seminar Series

UK Meridian Sundials – Science History in Nottingham and Beyond

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Seminars

As part of the School of Science and Technology's Engineering and Materials Research Seminar Series, Dr Dan Brown, NTU presents: UK Meridian Sundials – Science History in Nottingham and Beyond.

  • From: Wednesday 22 May 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 22 May 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: 015, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology's Engineering and Materials Research Seminar Series, Dr Dan Brown, NTU presents: UK Meridian Sundials – Science History in Nottingham and Beyond.

Abstract

Meridian sundials are shadow casting devices that allow the marking of a specific time of the day, usually local midday.
Before the introduction of time signals, such devices were essential in ensuring clocks were set to Greenwich Mean Time throughout the UK. There are only three such sundials in the UK (see this IoP short movie). One such device is located in Bromley House Library in Nottingham and has already been surveyed in detail. The other two are located at Durham Cathedral and at Bramshill House in Hampshire. Both, have recently been surveyed by the author as part of a wider IoP project and their precision and state of preservation assessed. This talk will give an overview on how such devices work and were possibly installed. It will also elaborate upon problems both in conservation and restoration impacting upon their functionality.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Ian Shuttleworth

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For any enquires please contact Dr Ian Shuttleworth

Location details

Room/Building:

015, CELS

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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