Movement

Discover how maps have kept up with a world in transit, transforming the realms of transport and tourism.

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20th century London maps

Article by:
Tom Harper

British Library maps curator Tom Harper explores the history of London through its maps, from the beginnings of the London Underground to immigration.

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Maps and views

What is a fantasy map?

Article by:
Tom Harper

The British Library’s map curator, Tom Harper discusses the existence of fantasy maps created in the 20th century, containing a mixture of real-life and imaginary influences.

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Further themes

Movement

Discover how maps have kept up with a world in transit, transforming the realms of transport and tourism.

Popular culture

From Tolkien’s Middle Earth to Shepherd’s illustration of Hundred Aker Wood, discover how maps reflect the fantastical and imaginary.

War

Find out how maps have been used as propaganda tools throughout the World Wars and how they’ve plotted some of the most daring of escapes in history.