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TALK: Mapping the Isles

Wednesday: 13 th February 2019 at 6.30pm, Free to Members (£5.00 Guests)

Speaker: Christopher Fleet

Title: Mapping the Isles

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 too.

By looking at the broader social 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.

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Chris Fleet has worked at the National Library of Scotland since 1994, primarily on

digital mapping and putting maps online. He has researched, written and spoken

widely on these subjects, and is a co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011),

Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014), Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016), and

Scotland: Defending the Nation (2018).

Earlier Event: February 9
RECITAL: Calum Robertson
Later Event: February 16
The People versus Jack the Ripper