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29 May 2013

British Library Maps: get inspired!

Last week we ran a really fun ‘Inspired by Maps’ show and tell event at the Library.  The idea was that designers and makers could come and see some our maps for inspiration and get a flavour of what else is in the Library collection.  They met our Maps curator Tom Harper, who gave a great introduction and hand-picked 20 of his favourite maps to share with everyone.

We would love more creatives to start using the Maps collection for inspiration as it is so rich and visual. We have 4.5m maps in the collection from around the world and they cover all sorts of things – globes, aerial photos, army maps, panoramic views of towns, etc. They can have lots of different purposes beyond giving directions; they can be used as propaganda or political messages, pieces of artwork or historical records.

Tom Harper wrote a great blog about the event, and you can also see some of our maps themed products in the British Library Shop.

In the meantime, here are some of the photos from our event:

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I've cheekily added this last photo  - it's actually one of Tom's own pieces of artwork. You can see more of his work here.

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