Maps: Drawing the Line

Monday to Friday FREE
Secondary Map Your World
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This workshop aims to develop students’ practical, analytical and cross-curricular research skills by actively engaging with examples from the Library’s extensive collection of more than 4 million maps.

Learners will explore maps, not simply as geographic documents, outlining the relationship between places and the possible routes from a to b, but also as primary sources that carry historical evidence to social, cultural, political and navigational practice and preference, past and present.

Through practical activities, learners will test for themselves how decisions made by cartographers influence the construction of a map and our subsequent interpretation of place and time. Collective discussions of maps on display will deepen their understanding of how mapping can be used to identify and analyse social problems as well as to support  particular viewpoints, ideologies and beliefs .Maps will be revealed as objects of beauty as well as important stores of knowledge that influence the way we see the world and our position within it. The workshop includes discussions of how new technologies, data processing and visualisation, allows us – with increasing ease - to map not just where we are, or where we are going, but also who we are.

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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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