Map it Out

To coincide with the current exhibition at the British Library ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line’, we have put together a display of some of our map related books in Aldgate Library.

Maps have long been a source of inspiration for artists and designers, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s map of imola (thought to be the first map drawn from a bird’s eye view) to contemporary artists like Grayson Perry, and Alighiero Boetti as well as Harry Beck’s iconic London Underground map.

London maps feature in our display, and if you are quick there is a ‘salon’ at the British Library ‘London Lines: Mapping the Metropolis’ on February the 10th.

London Metropolitan University subscribes to Digimap (an online database of maps), both the Ordnance Survey Data Collection and Historic collection. With Digimap you can view, annotate and print maps from a variety of geospatial data providers, download geospatial data in a variety of formats for use in CAD and GIS systems and access Help. It requires registration for first time use.

Some other useful map links:

Charles Booth’s poverty maps of London at L.S.E.

New perspectives on the world in maps at ted.com

Contemporary artists re-imagine maps of the world (look out for Old Castle street on Gilbert and George’s ‘Fournier Street’ map!)

Information about the latest tube map cover, designed by Gillian Carnegie

image copyright London Met

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