Geography British Library Trip

On Wednesday 8th February 2017, 40 Year 9 Geographers were invited to attend the ‘Maps in the 20th Century’ exhibition at the British Library.

This exhibition of extraordinary maps looked at the important role that two world wars, the moon landings and the digital revolution played during the 20th century. It shed new light on familiar events and spanned conflicts, creativity, the ocean floor and even   outer space.

 As technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it raised questions about what it really means to have your every move mapped.

 Many thanks to Miss Lippa for all the time and effort she put in behind the scenes to make all this happen!


The maps made me have a different view and has enabled me to want to study maps in more depth in the near future. I felt that each map had a story, some deeper than others. The maps were like onions, the more I studied them the more I uncovered and I was able to make links when more information was revealed. What I like about all the maps was the information placard because it made it more clear what the map was portraying and gave some history on the map. I particularly like the map name "My Ghost". I found that map interesting because it showed lines of journeys the creator of the map had made, it showed what he had explored; I liked that the name of the map linked to the theme and how it was displayed. I disliked the map of Europe that was created from money, this was because I felt it had no depth and it wasn't something you could learn from accept from the fact that man’s love of money hasn't changed over time.

Rebekah Da Silva 9R


This is what I liked about the maps. That all of the maps were ,in some sense, monumental/historic,  I liked this because I enjoy getting the opportunity to observe something which would make me reflect deeply back on the purpose of the map, how difficult it was to make it, etc.. I didn't dislike any of the maps whatsoever. This is because, they all had a sense of monumentality in them. Although I mentioned that the spherical map model of the moon sparked my interest, there were some others... A "simple" map of the Earth was displayed in the exhibition since it was "simple", this gave me the feeling that this could be the first accurate map of the Earth using satellite info or moon point of view etc. , however I may be wrong. The map showing the dominion of the British Empire and other empires was one of my favourites also. This is because, the information provided in the key, countries, oceans (maybe) and empires themselves. The story this map tells us, is that other empires were competing for limited substances such as: commodity, resources, power, enslavement etc.

The map doesn't only tell us this, but represents the struggle for those who were being dominated by the empires.

Finnan Maguire 9R


I learnt that maps aren’t just for finding directions of places and that there aren’t just two types of maps but they can be used to show population and thermal energy which is something I never knew about. I disliked the fact that maps only had one purpose before I came on the trip because I found it a bit tedious from time to time, like looking at a brick wall, but after knowing that they could have several purposes it’s a lot more enticing. A map that I found interesting was the map which was hand crafted in cardboard which showed different types of elevation and still had a lot of the features of a normal map. I found it really breath-taking, but I don’t think I would do it myself because it looks like intricate work and I would run out of patience.

Mariesa Gray 9P


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