Tag: cartography

The British Library write that their collection of maps, plans and views is ”one of the largest in the world, numbering some 4.5 million”. From the 15th century onwards, technological and social advancements meant that explorers across the world could begin to record their explorations (and exploits) across the planet. Thanks to the British Library, we can examine changes in the way the world was…

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James Cook: the Explorer

Posted by Published on March 23, 2018

Captain James Cook, the British explorer and cartographer, is the subject of the forthcoming exhibition James Cook: the Voyages which begins at the British Library on Friday 27th April 2018. Learn more about James Cook’s fascinating life, with images from the archive.   Jame Cook (born in 1728) came from humble beginnings, and joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and then the Royal…

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The Art of Mapping

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

Take a closer look at the wonderful world of maps through history. More than simply a topological survey of a country or continent, historical maps are as diverse as the lands they depict. From hunting dogs to sea monsters and cherubs blowing the winds across the ocean, their creativity makes them artworks in their own right.     A subjective view of the world Before…

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