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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

'Mapping the City' Workshop

2nd May 2017, 15:00, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Professor Keith Lilley, (Queens University Belfast)

This event is open to all Durham colleagues or postgraduates, please click here to register.

The 'Mapping the City' workshop explores the relationship between maps and landscapes. Using historic maps of Durham as a basis, the hands-on workshop will provide a practical demonstration of the techniques available to use mapping as a means of 'excavating' the layers of Durham's urban landscape, mapping the city's development through the centuries.

The workshop will also consider how maps themselves have 'biographies', and how the practices of past map-making in Durham took place in the local urban landscape, leaving their traces on the city's historic buildings and monuments. The workshop will provide participants with copies of the historic maps and materials needed for the practical exercises. Two supporting readings are:

J. Brian Harley, 'The map as biography: thoughts on Ordnance Survey Map, six-inch sheet Devonshire CIX, SE, Newton Abbot’, The Map Collector 41 (1987), pp.18-20.

Keith D. Lilley, 'Mapping the medieval city: plan analysis and urban history', Urban History 27.1 (2000), pp.5-30.

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