Great Escapes: Mapping War from WW2 to Sarajevo

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An evening on the way maps have been used in war and to tell the stories of war

Former BBC correspondent Kate Adie, hosts an evening with speakers Barbara Bond, who reveals the extraordinary world of the silk escape maps smuggled by MI9 into WW2 prisons, and Miran Norderland who was born in Sarajevo and has led the documentation of the Siege of Sarajevo and the fall of Yugoslavia through powerful maps and other media. 

Kate Adie is synonymous with war zones. In nearly 20 years as a BBC correspondent, including 14 as chief news correspondent, Kate reported from the front line of some of the world’s most notorious events. From the protests of Tiananmen Square to the Gulf War, Bosnia and Rwanda.  Awarded an OBE in 1993, Adie has won numerous awards for her broadcasting as well as for her bestselling books, which include her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers (2002), Nobody’s Child (2005) and Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One. She presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.

Barbara Bond spent her career as a map researcher in the Ministry of Defence, later joining the UK Hydrographic Office where she became Deputy Chief Executive. She is a Fellow and past-Council member of the Royal Geographical Society, and a past-President of the British Cartographic Society. She was Chair of the International Hydrographic Organization’s Antarctic Commission from 1992–97. Barbara was awarded the Silver Medal for services to international cartography by the British Cartographic Society and is a recipient of the prestigious Prince Albert I Medal, presented by Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Her book, Great Escapes: The story of MI9’s Second World War escape and evasion maps, was published last year. It was the result of both Barbara’s recent doctoral degree and a long-standing interest in MI9 and its unique mapping programme.

Miran Norderland has been a key figure for over 20 years in FAMA Collection/Methodology, one of the largest independent collections of multi-media projects documenting the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996), the Fall of Yugoslavia (1991-1999), Srebrenica Genocide (1995) and the Dayton Peace Accords negotiations. Parallel to his ‘Culture of Remembrance’ work in the Western Balkans, Miran has contributed to the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; the DPAP on the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, and manages the Tufts University Dialogue BiH2.0 project - dedicated to helping consolidate liberal and pluralist democracy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 


Name: Great Escapes: Mapping War from WW2 to Sarajevo
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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