Case Study

We are delighted to have been providing services to the National Maritime Museum for 12 years. We have digitally photographed many precious bound atlases and large format charts and maps, some dating back to the 14th Century.

Our latest project is digitising the work involved in solving the longitude problem. The measurement of longitude was an issue that came into sharp focus when people began making transoceanic voyages. Determining latitude was relatively easy, and could be found from the altitude of the Sun at noon and the use of tables, but determining longitude was much more difficult. King Charles II founded the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 1675 to solve this problem. The National Maritime Museum holds many enthralling documents relating to the journey made by those ingenious minds who solved this fundamental obstacle to accurate navigation across the oceans.

For the work to be undertaken, our large and bulky book scanner was moved to the archive site at the National Maritime Museum. We are now undertaking the scanning of these documents. The full workflow is calibrated and colour managed so as to obtain the exact reproduction.

Image courtesy of National Maritime Museum