Successful book launch!
A well attended book launch for The Island of Malta and the Order of St. John by Grigory Krayevsky was held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture at 36 Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta on 7 December 2018 at 18.30.
The book is a translation into English of an account in Russian, with mapq, of a visit to Malta by a Russian Nobleman and Diplomat Count Skavonsky in 1785 (actually published in St. Petersburg in 1800 when Paul I became Grand Master of the Order of St. John.)
A welcome and introduction was given by the Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Malygin who spoke of the many historical connections between Malta and Russia, followed by Joseph Schiro, Hon Secretary of the Malta Map Society, who edited the book and brought it to publication, Elena Yasnetskaya, translator, who worked on the book for two years, and Prof Dr. William Zammit, historian from the Malta University,who spoke of how important the translation of the book had been in establishing some fascinating facts about Malta's history and how the book will be stimulating further research.
By David Roderick Lyon
Currently on display at the Librarium of the Royal Library of Belgium.
Take a look at the wonderful and impressive Atlas Maior, the final version of Joan Blaeu's atlas, and the largest and most expensive book published in the seventeenth century.
Plus qu’une carte, c’est un plan des fortifications de la Ville que le Musée communal a découvert, la plus ancienne représentation de la ville connue à ce jour. Le document est retranscrit dans l'atlas manuscrit Piante di fortezze d'Italia, d'Ungheria, di Fiandra e di Francia, actuellement conservé à la Bayerische Staatsbibliothek de Munich (Allemagne).
Malta Map Society Committee Members Joseph Schiro and Bernadine Scicluna have been invited by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, Ph Dr. Ilja Smid, for the ceremonial handover of the certificates of Memory of the World International Register confirming the inscription of Giovanni Francesco Camocio's maps of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 to the prestigious Memory of the World Register for the preservation of this exceptional documentary heritage.
The nomination of the Camocio maps was prepared as a transnational nomination from Malta and the Czech Republic through the cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta and Charles University in Prague.
The ceremony will be held on 5 April 2018 at 11.30 at the Nosticky Palace, Prague. Both parties will be delivering speeches during the ceremony.
The discovery in 2013 of State 2 of the Great Siege of Malta Map by Giovanni Francesco Camocio [fl. second half 16th century] at the Charles University Map Collection in Prague provided the unique opportunity for it to be linked with States 1, 3 and 4 found at the Cartographic Collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta. This significant merge thus permanently sealed this four-state series of Great Siege maps. In their intact state, they collectively fill one of the many lacunae in the visual chronicle of the well-known Great Siege of Malta of 1565. Should one of the states be lost or damaged, the integrity of this series would be irreparably compromised. It cannot be emphasized enough that Great Siege maps are precious primary sources that act as the visual equivalent to written accounts of this battle, which determined the course of the history of the Mediterranean and Europe in the 16th century. In view of this, the virtual amalgamation of States 1, 3 and 4 with State 2 is effective in bringing together two overseas institutions sharing the common goal of educating and empowering the public.
Year of submission to the Memory of the World Register: 2016; year of inscription: 2017.
(sources: David Roderick Lyonand UNESCO)
The project will look at the transition from water to steam power in 19th century Scotland, very much using the Ordnance Survey's first and second edition maps to document locations and changing distributions of mills. The 3-year PhD is also supplemented by a six-month studentship project which will create a new, publicly-accessible web-based resource to ensure that the main results of the research are available widely.
Further details: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=96163. Deadline for applications: Friday 6 April 2018
The project will be supervised by Dr Simon Naylor and Professor Paul Bishop, both at the University of Glasgow; Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage at HES is also co-supervising the project.
Funding is available to cover home tuition fees for UK or EU applicants for 3.5 years. A stipend is also available for students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the award (GBP 14 777.00 for Session 2018-19).
Chris Fleet. Map Curator | Collections and Research Department
National Library of Scotland, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH
Tel: +44 131 623 4670. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: maps.nls.uk