Longitude Punk'd

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Robert Rankin (© David Westwood)
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© David Westwood
 (© Jema Hewitt)
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© Jema Hewitt
Planets wig  (© Jema Hewitt)
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© Jema Hewitt
Royal Observatory (© NMM)
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© NMM
Emily Ladybird (© David Westwood)
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© David Westwood
Herr Döktor (© David Westwood)
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© David Westwood
Orrery dress  (© Jema Hewitt)
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© Jema Hewitt
Royal Observatory (© NMM)
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© NMM

Using as a springboard the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828, eight British steampunk artists have created a mix of historically inspired and wackily imaginative new works for the Royal Observatory. The spirit of eighteenth-century astronomers is called up by a collection of whimsically monikered contemporary artists including Herr Döktor, Emily Ladybird and Major Thaddeus Tinker.

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