Reference numberMOB/062
TitleBritish Standard Yard
ArtistTroughton & Simms
DescriptionOfficial Parliamentary copy of the Standard Yard as defined by the 1824 Weights and Measures Act. Brass bound mahogany measure with main body engraved: 'STANDARD YARD 1853'.
Extent1 instrument
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsWood, brass
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceIn 1843 the original British Standard Yard was destroyed in a fire at the Palace of Westminster. Parliament Commissioned the Restoration of this Standard and the Society advised, even offering their copy of the original British Standard Yard to work from. In 1853 this new copy was deposited with the Society by George Biddell Airy FRS who, as the then Astronomer Royal, had been working closely on the Commission.
Related records in the catalogueMM/11/31
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8035Airy; Sir; George Biddell (1801 - 1892); astronomer and mathematician1801 - 1892
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