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.
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).