Map Your World

Monday to Friday FREE
Secondary Map Your World
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  • Admission: Free entry

This workshop aims to develop knowledge and understanding of maps in the British Library's collection. We will explore maps, not simply as geographic documents, outlining the relationship between countries or buildings and the possible routes from a to b, but also as historical documents. Through practical activities and creative research, students will uncover how these layers of meaning can impact on the creation of maps and what they represent.

The workshop starts with fun drawing activities to explore different approaches to mapping. Moving to a more focused use of the gallery display and space, we'll discuss the types of decisions a cartographer makes and how these influence the construction of a map. Participants will test ideas to make maps related to their own lives and use their imagination to map from other people's perspectives.

Groups will collectively investigate maps in the Treasures Gallery and question the process by which they are made. Participants will build an understanding of how mapping can be used to identify and analyse social problems as well as to support arguments for particular viewpoints. Maps will be revealed as objects of beauty as well as important stores of knowledge that influence the way we live.

This session is also available as:

• This session is also available as a study day. This all day session runs from 10.30 - 2.30pm (including breaks). The full day offers an opportunity to build on some of the in-depth understanding of how mapping is used and its influence in our daily lives. Please indicate if you'd like the workshop or study day on your booking form.

• An INSET for teachers. The Map your World session can be booked alone or as part of our full day INSET package. Find out more about INSET days for teachers.

Online Resources

The British Library has a wealth of free learning resources to support lesson planning, classroom work, revision and research. Find out more


Age group: Year 7 - 13
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

Key skills: Geography, History, Citizenship, Fine Art and Design
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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