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Lectures in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research) and Philip Jagessar (King’s College London) with Tony Campbell and Peter Barber (both formerly Map Library, British Library) and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute). Meetings are normally held on selected Thursdays at 5.00 pm and are followed by refreshment. Enquiries to c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk, or philip.jagessar@kcl.ac.uk.

All meetings are hybrid but please note that for this series all will be held in Room 243, Second Floor, SENATE HOUSE, London WC1E 7HU, close to the Warburg Institute. We strongly encourage all who can to support the speaker by attending in person.

All meetings are free but anybody wishing to attend a meeting must, please, indicate their intention at the Warburg Institute's What's On page, to register. Those attending remotely will be sent a link with guidelines.




November 16. Isabella Alexander (Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney). ‘Maps, Makers, and Markets in the Early 19th Century: A View from the Legal Archive’.

December 7. Tom Simpson (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge). ‘Maps that Made Climate Change, c.1800 to the Present Day’.


January 25. Felix de Montety (Université Grenoble Alpes, France). ‘The Birth of the Isogloss: Remarks on the Problem of Language Borders in the History of Cartography’.

February 22. Matthew Day (College of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby). ‘For the Benefit of the Nation? Richard Hakluyt's Principall Navigations (1589, 1598–1600) and Its Readers’. Hakluyt Society Speaker.

March 21. Catherine Gibson (Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia). ‘Mapmakers in Action: Drawing Borders in the Baltic, 1918'.

[Due to unforseen circumstances this has had to be cancelled. It is hoped that it can be rescheduled for later in the year] April 25. Yvonne Lewis (Assistant National Curator (Libraries). The National Trust). ‘Marking the miles: some annotated maps in National Trust collections’.

In-person meetings are made possible through the generous support of the Antiquarian Booksellers’
Association’s Educational Trust and the International Map Collectors’ Society, to whom we are most grateful.

If you are interested in the details of talks since the 11th Series in 2001 enter this formula:
< http://www.maphistory.info/_archive/mslecs**.html >
replacing the asterisks with the last two figures of the year in which that series started

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