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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2015-08-17T09:14:48Z
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New breakthrough for the kilogram

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:23
In this article about new scientific developments to redefine the kilogram and remove its link to a physical object, Ronnie Cohen writes about recent reports about a new scientific breakthrough in getting the most accurate estimate of Avogadro’s constant to … Continue reading → 0

A day at the National Museum of Measurement

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:44
The summer holidays are in full swing, so John Frewen-Lord provides us with some light reading for a lazy day, plus a reminder that it is back to school in a month. Now where are my sun glasses? “Class, here … Continue reading → 0

Think metric for success

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:40
We look at the metric changeover in the UK construction industry, and some of the posters that were part of it. The comments that followed our last article included variations on the word “convert” about 25 times, including eight in … Continue reading → 0

Changing standards and definitions, including one best forgotten

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:04
After the controversy of recent weeks with bashed bridges, furlongs and novel signs, we turn to something deadly dull – the definitions of length, mass (or weight) and capacity (or volume) and their relationships. The earliest civilisations, the Sumerians, the … Continue reading → 0

Novel signs around the UK

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 00:00
Following on from our article last week about those curious signs in Southend, Ronnie Cohen, one of our regular readers, now reports on a few others that have attracted his attention. We are all familiar with the muddle that has … Continue reading → 6

Signs of the past in Southend-on-Sea

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 00:19
There has been an exchange of views on Facebook recently about alterations to signs in Southend-on-Sea carried out by “activists” over a decade ago. This has provided an opportunity for Metric Views to restate the legal position and to discuss … Continue reading → 2

Another bridge bashed

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 18:00
John Frewen-Lord posted this comment on Metric Views but was unable to add the pictures that he took at the scene. We can, and accordingly we have made it the subject of a short article. “@Charlie P 2 July 2015 … Continue reading → 1

Metric Malta

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:42
Malta is one of four EU countries which, within living memory, did not have metric as their primary system of measures. A recent holiday in Malta prompted a look at its transition to the metric system from traditional measures. The … Continue reading → 0

Waterloo 1815 – what if?

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:23
We speculate on the consequences if there had been a different outcome at the Battle of Waterloo. On the morning of 18 June, 200 years ago, 140 000 men from six countries waited in fields beside the main road south … Continue reading → 0

Una mensura sit per totum regnum nostrum

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:10
On Monday 15 June, the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta will be celebrated in much of the English-speaking world. In this article we look at one of its less well-known clauses – that relating to weights and … Continue reading → 0

Dying embers and a few flying sparks

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 13:03
The concluding article of this series looks at the ignominious end of the UK’s attempt, began fifty years ago, to make the transition to a single, simple and universal measurement system. In the last article, we saw how in 1978 … Continue reading → 0

The white heat cools

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:07
We review the events that followed the announcement in May 1965 of a change of Government policy on the adoption of metric weights and measures. Our article last week examined the consequences of the failure to follow through the change … Continue reading → 8

50 years on

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:18
Sunday 24th May will be the 50th anniversary of the announcement by the British Government that the UK was to “go metric” within 10 years.  However, 50 years later we are still little more than half way there.  Why has … Continue reading → 0

1963 and “white heat” in Scarborough

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:31
Fifty years ago, the Government made a low-key announcement of a change in policy in relation to the use of metric units by industry. We consider how a speech by the Leader of the Opposition two years earlier had signalled … Continue reading → 1