- Curator, Antiquarian mapping
- Early printed maps, educational mapping, 20th century maps, map collections
Tom is a lead curator of antiquarian mapping at the British Library. He co-curated (with Peter Barber) the 2010 exhibition ‘Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art’, and (with Philip Hatfield) ‘Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage’ in 2014-15. He also curated the 2016-2017 exhibition on ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line’.
- ‘Fortunate survivors: maps and map fragments in the Bagford Collection’ Electronic British Library Journal, article 1, 2010.
- Peter Barber and Tom Harper, Magnificent maps: Power, propaganda and art (London: The British Library, 2010).
- ‘The extraordinary Klencke Atlas’ in IMCoS journal, no.122 (Autumn 2010).
- ‘Magnificent maps at the British Library’ in ACSM Bulletin no.247, October 2010.
- British Library Diary 2012: details from historic maps (London: Francis Lincoln, 2011).
- Tim Bryars and Tom Harper, A History of the 20th century in 100 Maps (London: The British Library, 2014).
The British Library collection of maps, plans and views is one of the largest in the world, numbering some 4.5 million
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