Drawing the Line: The Creative Potential of Maps

Cold War Iron Curtain map from 1953 for the Mapping the Future course at the British Library

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Home to over 4.5 million maps ranging from medieval Mappae Mundi to satellite imaging, the British Library documents an ever-changing world

Course dates: Tuesdays 24 and 31 January and 7, 14 and 21 February

Times: 18.00 – 20.30

And as our current Maps and the 20th-Century: Drawing the Line exhibition shows, a century of evolving mapping technologies has revolutionised how we see the world, and our place within it.

Take a different route to exploring maps on this five-week interdisciplinary course. Blending historical insight and a range of activities including GPS tracking, you’ll investigate different approaches to mapmaking, helping you to create an ‘alternative map’ that visualises your personal interests and viewpoints, informed by centuries of maps and map making. There’ll be critical discussion with a range of mapping experts and practical activities exploring drawing, language, colour and collage and 3D construction. We’ll also engage with the digitally-drawn, tracing our own movements with GPS trackers and incorporating the data into our creative work.

Led by artist Marianne Holm Hansen, during the course you’ll visit the Library’s Maps and the 20th-Century: Drawing the Line exhibition with Jim Caruth, Lead Curator of Modern Mapping,  and explore digital mapping and data visualisation with Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Data Science and Visualisation, University College, London.

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Adult Learning Courses at the British Library

Our courses are aimed at anyone interested in developing their personal interests and passions. Deepen your engagement with a wide range of topics and use our world-renowned collections to inspire your own creativity. We’ll bring you together with Library experts and guest specialists, providing a unique learning experience.  

Multi-session courses offer high-quality, in-depth learning experiences that encourage discussion with both experts and fellow learners. To make sure you get the most from your time with us, we limit class sizes to 16 participants.

So if you want to develop fresh perspectives with leading thinkers or create with contemporary artists, our new programme is the place to start.


Name: Drawing the Line: The Creative Potential of Maps
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full price: £275.00
Senior 60+: £248.00
Student: £235.00
Registered Unemployed: £235.00
Friend of the BL: £235.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546