Sunday, May 10, 2020

Spotlight 13. Maps

Podcast: Maps from Ptolemy to Google

In this Guardian Books podcast we hear how maps from Classical times to the Space Age have transformed the way we look at the world.

Listen to the podcast

And in thie podcast from the Geological Society, we hear from journalist and author Simon Winchester whose book The Map that Changed the World has cemented the reputation of William Smith as one of the most influential scientists in Britain's history.

Listen to the podcast

View Historic Maps of Sheffield

Picture Sheffield is a database of over 100,000 images provided by the City Archives and Local Studies Service.  It contains images relating to Sheffield's rich history from the 12th century to the present day, including large collections on popular themes such as historic maps.

View Historic Maps of Sheffield

Can you identify the book from the map

How well do you know your way around literature? Have a look at these maps and find out if you know which fictional worlds they chart

Take the quiz

Explore Ordnance Survey Mapzone

Check out this amazing resource for families, including maps skills, quizzes, and games.  A great introduction to maps, geograpphy and exploration.

Visit Mapzone

eMagazines for Explorers

Check out our eMagazines and explore the world from you armchair, or plan your next expedition once life returns to normal.

Search the eLibrary

Creativity during Corona - Maps

During lockdown, we've been posting daily prompts to spark your creativity.  Claire from Central Library writes,

The language of maps is evocative. The cartographer (the map-maker) and words such as contours and coordinates, latitude, longitude, topography, triangulation and meridian evoke images, memories, ideas. 

Claire has picked two poems to inspire your creativity today.  Map by WisÅ‚awa Szymborska, and this great poem, Cartography for Beginners by Emily Hasler.

You could simply read the poems then close…or take a look at the prompts on our Facebook page and send us your own thoughts, notes, journal piece, poem, short story,  drawing, paintings, photographs, knitting, sewing, or  songs….  Enjoy.

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