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A History of Maps and Mapping - A course

The next course on the history of maps and mapping organised by Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke will run 20 - 24 June 2016 at the University of London. The course is limited to 12 participants.
See the call for applications, now out at
A History of Maps and Mapping
Course Organisers: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB.
The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger.

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