Jeremiah Dixon

Scientist, Surveyor and Stargazer

The Bowes Museum
27 April - 6 October

Come and discover how
a young man from a pit village in County Durham
travelled the world and became
one of the finest
Scientists of the 18th century


Marvel at his achievements in Astronomy:
He made some of the best ever observations of two
Transits of Venus


Be enchanted by his
Artistic Talent:
His maps are unparalleled for their accuracy and the
beauty of their decoration


Be amazed by his work as the
Surveyor of the
Mason-Dixon Line:
It took five dangerous years
to define
the most famous
boundary line on Earth
There will be many events in Cockfield, Jeremiah’s home village and the surrounding
area during 2013.  These include:

Jeremiah Dixon: Scientist, Surveyor and Stargazer
Exhibition at The Bowes Museum - open daily 10-4, from 27 April to 6 October.

How to be the Perfect Georgian:
Talk by historical expert and TV star Dr. Annie Gray at The Bowes Museum at 2.30 on
Sunday 28 April.  Annie is a very lively speaker who presents in costume.  £11 (Friends
of The Bowes Museum) £12 (Guests).

Drawing the Line: Jeremiah Dixon on his Life and Measurements
Dramatic performance in character by Howard Burnham at 7.30 on Friday 31 May.  
Audience in costume welcome. Venue and ticket prices to be confirmed.

Monthly walks on Cockfield Fell (1.30pm 1st Sunday) where Jeremiah surveyed a canal
route for his brother George.   An experimental cut was made but it was never fully built.

Jeremiah Dixon, his Life and Times

A two-day Seminar at The Bowes Museum on 11 - 12 June, at which:

Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, 14th Astronomer Royal, will talk about
          Jeremiah and his local contemporaries in the scientific field.

Dr Nils Johansen of Oslo University will talk on the 1769 transit of Venus.

Dr Diana Collecott, known to many from Round Britain Quiz, will talk on the
          Quakers and their contribution to the North East.

Diana Hitchins, international expert on scientific instruments, will talk on John
           Bird of Bishop Auckland and other instrument makers.

John Dixon, direct descendent of the Dixon family, will talk on Jeremiah Dixon,
           the man, and how he and Charles Mason traced the Mason-Dixon Line.

This will also include: A guided visit to Kiplin Hall, the home of Frederick Calvert,
Lord Baltimore, who with Thomas Penn employed Jeremiah to draw the Line, and a
guided walk on Cockfield Fell.

Dixon, the Navy and the Seven Years War
Illustrated talk by Martin Saville, professional ship model-maker (‘Hornblower’ series
etc) and expert on the 18th century Navy, at 2.30 on Wednesday 3 July.

A Commemorative Celebration in Cockfield on 27 July.  Georgian street fair and the
unveiling of a marker stone on the green, a copy of those on the Mason-Dixon Line.

Further details of these and other events will be found from the Jeremiah Dixon
website at:  www.jeremiah-dixon.co.uk  

Produced by the Dixon Committee, Cockfield