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Scottish mapping history & the latest NLS interactive map services

Chris Fleet (Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland Edinburgh)

The National Library of Scotland is one of the ten largest map libraries in the world, with around 2 million maps, covering all parts of the World, and with a primary focus on Scotland. The first part of this talk will briefly show some of the main highlights from these rich collections, looking at selected maps of Scotland, and examining who made them, why, and their importance today. The second part of the talk will then look at the NLS maps website at:, which currently makes freely available over 200,000 maps. It will look briefly at the practical work involved in putting the website together, as well as its main technological components. It will also include practical tips and examples showing how to get the best out of searching the website, as well as future directions and plans.

Chris Fleet is Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, where he has worked since 1994, primarily on digital mapping and the NLS maps website. He has taken a keen interest in researching the history of mapping in Scotland and is co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016). He is currently working on a book on Scottish military mapping, entitled Scotland: Defending the Nation, to be published later this year.

Thursday March 22nd, Meston Lecture Theatre 1 at 6:30pm.

Please meet informally at the University Library cafe from 5.30pm.