John Harrison (3 April 1693 – 24 March 1776) was a self-educated, English carpenter and clockmaker. He invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought after device for solving the problem of establishing the east-west position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe, long-distance sea travel in the Age of Sail. The problem was considered so intractable and (following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707) so important, that the British Parliament offered the Longitude prize of £20,000 – equivalent to £2.75 million today. Harrison came 39th in the BBC’s 2002 public poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
Find out more about John Harrison at biographyonline.net.
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A message from the house council:
Hello to everyone from Harrison House Council!
This is just a little note to give you an idea of all the things we are responsible for and some of the work we have completed in our time as representatives of the Academy.
On a weekly basis we have a meeting where we discuss events occurring throughout the school, how the school can be improved and the steps that must be taken in order for our targets to be achieved. Also, we regularly deliver notices in assembly regarding various aspects of the house and Academy. Last year we organised our house charity event which raised money for St. Nicholas Hospice; by the end we had raised a total of £253.82. The event included a roller-skating competition around the sports hall and allowed students from all year groups to socialise and raise money for an excellent cause.
We look forward to updating you on other events and news from the house throughout the course of the year.
The Harrison House Council.
John Harrison House supports St Nicholas Hospice. St Nicholas Hospice provides practical, medical and spiritual support to local people and their friends and families, who are living with a life-threatening illness. By listening and providing the right support, people are cared for in a positive, respectful environment. Find out more on the St Nicholas Hospice Care website.