Discovering the Maps Website

The National Library of Scotland holds over two million cartographic items, making it the largest collection of maps in Scotland and one of the largest in the world. There are several separate collections of maps within the library’s holdings, namely the Bartholomew Archive and the Graham Brown Collection. At the library there are maps relating to many different kinds of landscapes, such as estates, counties, railways, maps which show the trenches of World War I, and alpine areas.

The collections include:

  • Over 1.5 million sheet maps
  • 15,000 atlases
  • 100,000 maps on microfilm
  • Over 200,000 digital maps
  • Gazetteers, cartographic reference books and periodicals
  • Map ephemera

Craig will take us on a tour of the maps, with reference to Berkshire, and show how they can help us understand the environment our ancestors lived in.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £3 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will be emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before the event.

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  .

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Member £
Available Tickets: 68
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Non-member £
Available Tickets: 68
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28 Jul 2022


Zoom will open from 7.15pm
19:45 - 21:00

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  • Craig Statham
    Craig Statham

    Craig has worked in the heritage industry for 20+ years, in libraries, museums and archives.
    He spent eight years as Local History Officer at East Lothian Council, digitised the British Petroleum Archive at the Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry, rationalised the map and newspaper collections at Culture Perth and Kinross, and currently manages the Maps Reading Room at the National Library of Scotland, having started this job in 2014.

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