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David Rooney investigates plans to build a tidal-powered moon clock

Join David Rooney to discover more about Aluna, the world’s first tidal-powered moon clock. Find out how it works and where its makers plan to build it. Download this episode

The sad tale of Dash the astronomical dog

David Rooney recounts the sad tale of Dash the astronomical dog and his owner John Belville. Download this episode

David Rooney introduces Rita Atkinson, the ‘perfect telephone subscriber’

David Rooney introduces Rita Atkinson, the ‘perfect telephone subscriber’ and reveals how she helped choose the first voice of the speaking clock. Download this episode

David Rooney talks about the Greenwich bomb

David Rooney recounts the day a bomb was brought to Greenwich, and how the Royal Observatory had a lucky escape. Download this episode

David Rooney tells us the story of the six pips

Join David Rooney to find out about Dama Nellie Melba, pioneer of wireless entertainment, the story of the clock that made the six pips, and why, if you’re a stickler for punctuality, you should hang on to your analogue radio set. Download this episode

David Rooney listens in to Long Player – music for the next 1000 years

Join David Rooney as he goes to the Royal Observatory’s Great Equatorial building to listen in to Long Player. Discover how this amazing piece of music will play without repeating for 1000 years and how it was composed to make us think about time into the future. Download this episode

David Rooney introduces the first voice of the speaking clock, Ethel Cain

How did Ethel Cain, a 26-year-old telephone operator from Croydon, become the most listened-to voice in 1930s Britain? David Rooney reveals how Ethel won a nationwide competition to become the first ever voice of the speaking clock. Download this episode

David Rooney takes a trip to the Clockmakers’ Museum

Join David Rooney as he visits the Clockmakers’ Museum to meet Ruth Belville’s two precious pocket watches, Arnold and Charles. Find out how David re-discovered Charles and how you too can see both historic watches. Download this episode

David Rooney visits the Daylight Inn

David Rooney takes time out from Greenwich to visit the Daylight Inn, Petts Wood. Join him to find out how this pub came to be named in honour of William Willett of British Summer Time fame. Download this episode

David Rooney reveals the story of Ruth Belville

Ruth Belville was a Greenwich celebrity – a woman who made her living by selling Greenwich Mean Time all over the capital, from her pocket watch, Arnold. David Rooney tells us her incredible story. Download this episode