Detail from: Willem and Joan Blaeu. Orcadum et Schetlandiae Insularum accuratissima descriptio (1654)

Mapping the Isles

  • Our Friends | Lecture or talk
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the Academy building. No admittance to the gallery before 6:15pm)
  • Tuesday 24 April, 6:30- 8:30pm
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This talk, based on some of the most beautiful and significant maps of Scottish islands over the last four centuries, will show how maps offer a powerful view into the history of particular islands at specific points in time. Maps define our understanding of the Scottish islands, and define the way past generations understood them. By looking at the broader societal contexts and audiences for whom the maps were made, we can reach a fuller awareness of the importance of maps today, and their value in understanding Scottish islands. Christopher Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, is one of the three authors behind Scotland: Mapping the Islands, published in 2016 by Birlinn.