Introduction Harrison and the Longitude Problem What we learnt about Barrow in Harrison’s time What we learnt about the Humber Putting ourselves in their shoes People, places and things Further information Harrison! the play script Questions for Andrew King Better Barrow home page

Further information


The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum Collections

The John Harrison Foundation


Harrison, Jonathan Betts, National Maritime Museum 2007

Longitude, Dava Sobel, Penguin 1996

The Illustrated Longitude, Dava Sobel and William J H Andrewes, Fourth Estate 1998

Time Restored - The Harrison Timekeepers and RT Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything, Jonathan Betts OUP and NMM 2006

John Harrison, Humphrey Quill, Baker, 1966

Ships, Clocks and Stars – the Quest for Longitude, Richard Dunn & Rebekah Higgitt, Collins (in association with the NMM’s Longitude Exhibition 2014)


Thanks to the staff of John Harrison C of E Primary School for assisting with the research and for permission to reproduce some of the pupils’ original writing and drawing.

Especial thanks to Frances Kelly who worked so creatively and tirelessly with the children and brought out the best in a wonderful class: Y6 2013-14.

Better Barrow

Thanks also to Better Barrow Community Project for initiating and managing the project and to the Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling it to happen.