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Encounter objects which tell the story of navigation as one of the oldest mathematical practices and its rapid expansion in the 20th century. Discover how the invention of aircraft catalysed technological development and explore the impact of maritime navigation and land mapping technology on the British Empire.
Admiralty steering compass demonstrating the laminated compass needles typical of the mid-19th century
Model of the Smalls Lighthouse (1775-6) on a wood diorama base depicting a rock jetty and the sea
Sledge compass used in search for Sir John Franklin and the ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror'