Maps and views blog

About this blog

This blog is written by curatorial staff of the Department of Cartographic and Topographical Materials at the British Library:

  • Tom Harper, Curator of Antiquarian Mapping
  • Kimberly Kowal, Curator of Digital Mapping

The aim of the blog is to communicate the work of the department, to provide insight into the national map collection of Great Britain, and to engage with wider discussions of maps and mapping in research and culture.

The British Library collection of maps and views is the world’s second largest, numbering some 4.5 million maps in a variety of formats, with a chronological spread of over 2,000 years.

The collection is available for consultation in the Maps Reading Room, and items can be ordered through Explore the British Library.

See detailed information on the collection, and how to access it


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