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The Standards in Practice — the example of Greenwich

Queen's House and Royal Naval College, Greenwich View of the Queen's House and Royal Naval College from Greenwich Park, London
© RCHME Crown Copyright.

The Royal Naval College, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory, and the Park at Greenwich constitute one of the most dramatic architectural and landscape ensembles in Europe, embodying a history that embraces royal patronage, maritime power, and scientific advance. The site includes evidence of settlement from the Roman period, a remarkable surviving group of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds, the remains of a 16th-century palace, a group of classical buildings designed by some of the greatest architects of the 17th and 18th centuries — Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, and Nicholas Hawksmoor — and in the National Maritime Museum a remarkable collection that includes paintings, furniture, models, and historic timepieces. The principal buildings and landscape, and the nearby town centre, form part of the "Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site", designated in December 1997. Moreover, in a publication about international standards it is fitting to use a location that gave its name to one of the earliest international agreements on the standardisation of practice — Greenwich Mean Time, established at the International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C., in 1884.

For the purpose of illustrating the use of the core data standards, attention has been concentrated on the Royal Park, the multi-phase Queen's House to the north, and objects from the collections of the Museum that relate to the history of the site and to Greenwich's place in the history of the search for a method of establishing longitude at sea. Each of these sites and objects can be viewed and documented in isolation; equally, it is possible to show how they might be linked in a documentation system.


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