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The six short tones that mark the precise start of each hour are familiar to listeners of the BBC world service around the globe. One could go further and say, world news and a concept of a world time go hand in hand even if all time is also always local. Indeed it was not until the 1940s that the standardization of world clocks took place while the long-promised uniformization of calendars has not yet happened. This panel takes us back to the eighteenth century when the concept of a single global, ‘world time’ was first developed. It brings together academics and museum curators to ask: what is the time of globalization? Is there such a thing as world time? And what does it mean to belong to one and the same time? Expect discussions on the discovery of ‘deep time’; revolutionary time; time technologies including marine chronometers; European encounters with other time systems.

Along with the discussion we may consider some notable artefacts such as the British Museum’s recent acquisition of the Breguet clock depicting Republican and Gregorian calendars as well as other timekeeping devices, both ordinary and extraordinary.


Image : clock, Maughan Library, King’s College London



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