London: A Life in Maps
The British Library exhibition, “London: A Life in Maps,” is now open, both in real life and online. The virtual exhibition that Peter Barber referred to is now online as part of the overall London: A Life in Maps web site. Interesting to see that it presents the maps through a Google Maps interface. Via MapHist; see also Ed Parsons.
Peter Barber — Peter Barber! — writes:
London: A Life in Maps will be accompanied by a virtual exhibition, available on the BL website, for people who can’t visit. Though the emphasis of the exhibition will be on the great cartographic images and panoramas of London and on the ways in which the concerns of Londoners through the ages are reflected in maps, there will be a few items that may be of special interest to map specialists (in addition to rarities like one of the original copperplates for the “Copperplate Map” of London of the late 1550s, or the sole survivor of the manuscript cartographic survey of London prepared immediately after the Great Fire of 1666 or the sole complete example of Thomas Milne’s Land-Use Survey of 1800). These are the preliminary sketches, accompanied by a brief diary, by the statistician Gregory King for a survey of St Katharine’s by the Tower in May 1686. King was one of the surveyors employed by Ogilby and this demonstrates how closely his surveying methods conformed to the practices recommended by William Leybourne. Another cartographic “special” is a manuscript sheet from an abortive and hitherto undrecorded detailed survey of London apparently undertaken in about 1800 by Thomas Milne, possibly in competition with both Horwood and Ordnance Survey.
Coming up at the British Library and running from November 24 to March 4, an exhibition called “London: A Life in Maps”: “Maps, views, letters, and ephemera from the British Library collections, show the city’s transformation from a Roman outpost to the huge, heaving metropolis of today — and look to the Olympic and post-Olympic future.” Free admission; there’s also a companion book by Peter Whitfield coming out. Thanks to peacay for the link.