Dr Gethin Rees

Gethin Rees, Lead Curator of Digital Mapping at the British Library
Lead Curator, Digital Mapping
Geospatial data, visualisation, geography of cultural heritage, Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Related Offices
Secretary of Legal Deposit Libraries’ Map Librarians Group, Co-chair of Pelagios Network , Series editor of De Gruyter’s ‘Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State’

Gethin’s role includes helping to manage the non-print legal deposit of digital maps and coordinating the Georeferencer crowd-sourcing project.

He is interested in helping research projects to get the most out of geospatial data and tools. Before taking up his current role he worked in a digital humanities role on two collaborative history projects funded by the ERC, Beyond Boundaries and Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire, and as a software developer.

His PhD on South Asian archaeology (University of Cambridge) made use of GIS for spatial analysis and data management.

Digital mapping offers great potential to help people discover the collections of the British Library. Gethin seeks to tap that potential through co-coordinating the Pelagios Visualisation activity.

He is principle investigator of the AHRC-funded Locating a National Collection project.


Chapters and articles

 An up-to-date list of publications can be found on Gethin Rees' entry on academia.edu.  


  • With G. Michell, Buddhist Rock-cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats. (Delhi: Jaico, 2017)

Web resources



Help us make our maps fully searchable and viewable using online geotechnologies.

Locating a National Collection

Creating links between locations in different collections to open up new forms of research

All projects