Jeremiah Dixon, his Life and Times
Wed 12 Jun 13
A fascinating series of talks and visits to local sites over two days, celebrating the life and times of one of County Durham’s most talented sons.
Jeremiah Dixon is capturing the local imagination through an exhibition at the Museum, which tells the story of Dixon’s astronomical and surveying achievements in the 1760s. He first came to the attention of the scientific world following his excellent work observing and recording the transit of Venus, with Charles Mason, in 1761. The two men were then to spend five years of their lives from 1763, surveying the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania, which has gone down in history as the now famous Mason-Dixon Line.
The two days will bring together experts in the social, scientific, astronomical and local history of the 18th century to illuminate Jeremiah’s story.
Jane Whittaker, the Museum’s Principal Keeper, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Sir Arnold Wolfendale, 14th Astronomer Royal and John Dixon, a descendant of the Dixon family, as two of the speakers. The two days are intended to be relaxing and pleasurable opportunities to explore the ground-breaking achievements in science and endeavour in the 18th century, and to understand County Durham’s place at the heart of this”.
They include visits to Cockfield Fell, where Jeremiah grew up and to lovely Kiplin Hall, ancestral home of the Calvert family and the 6th Lord Baltimore, who was one of Mason and Dixon’s employers to survey the Line.
Participants can book for the entire two days, which include lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments (£100.00 includes five speakers, two trips, lunches and daytime refreshments), or they can choose to come to individual activities which are priced according to the activity and start at £14.00.
For further information about the event call Ms Whittaker on 01833 690606 ext 234, but for bookings please email email@example.com or telephone Ros Chidzey on 01833 690606 who will be delighted to help you.
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