We have a collection of terrestrial and celestial globes dating back to 1600 and gores dating to 1544.
About the collectionWe have about 100 globes dating from 1600 to the present day. We also have a large number of globe gores (printed or manuscript segments created to be attached to the globe ball), the earliest of which date from 1544.
Using globes for research
Globes are used in a wide range of research fields, including geography, science, astronomy, mathematics and art. They also offer the researcher the opportunity to examine the history of the map and antiques trade, as well as the history of instrument-making and craftsmanship. Globes provide the clearest link between maps and scientific instruments.
We continue to purchase globes and other three-dimensional material.
What is available online?
Use these 3D visuals to explore how European-produced globes were made and used in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Chinese manuscript globe of 1623 features in our Learning pages.