Maps in Context: British Library Symposium

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14TH June, 2010, 14:00-17:30 at the British Library Conference Centre

Recent study of maps has attempted to understand the contexts in which they were produced, and the functions they fulfilled. This symposium will allow for an evaluation of the role of maps in society by examining specific contexts in which they were made and viewed. These will range from the military to the recreational, covering the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, in homes, galleries and newspaper stands.

This symposium is for academic researchers in history, geography, anthropology and art and design.

The symposium is held in conjunction with the British Library exhibition “Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art” which will focus on the artistic, political, social and symbolic qualities of maps as opposed to their scientific properties.

The symposium will feature the following papers:

Dr Carolyn Anderson
Constructing the Military Landscape: the Board of Ordnance Maps and Plans of Scotland, 1689-1755

Mr Roderick Barron
The Colossus of Rose: Fred W Rose, creator of the Serio-Comic  “Octopus” Map 1877

Dr. Lauren Beck
Political use of the crescent moon on sixteenth-century European maps and views of Mexico, Brazil and Protestant Europe

Dr Genevieve Carlton
Un Mapamondo in Portego: The Place of Maps in Sixteenth-Century Venetian Homes

Dr Chris Perkins
Exhibitionist Map Display

Dr Hilary L. Turner
Mapped in Wool: the Elizabethan Sheldon Tapestry Maps

The symposium is free of charge and places can be booked by emailing


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