Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

4 November 2016 – 1 March 2017

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Admission: £12
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See how maps made the world we live in at our maps exhibition

Have you ever tried disappearing off the map? It’s harder than you think to be invisible nowadays.

That’s because 100 years of mapping technology – from the original sketch of today’s London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s – has monitored and shaped the society we live in.

Two World Wars. The moon landings. The digital revolution. This exhibition of extraordinary maps looks at the important role they played during the 20th century. It sheds new light on familiar events and spans conflicts, creativity, the ocean floor and even outer space.

It includes exhibits ranging from the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood to secret spy maps, via the New York Subway. And, as technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it questions what it really means to have your every move mapped.

Continue your maps journey on our schools’ workshops or explore the evolution of maps and the key figures behind them through the expert articles and curious collection items on our new Maps website.

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Press reviews

Four star review Londonist

‘beguiling’ … ‘a treasure trove of curiosities’ – The Telegraph

‘a blockbuster exhibition’ – The Independent

‘There is much that will stop visitors in their tracks’ – The Guardian

‘enthralling’ – Evening Standard

Drawing the Line has a multitude of maps to get lost in’ – Metro

‘the history of the 20th century through a cartographer’s lens’ – The Times

– See more at: https://www.bl.uk/events/maps-and-the-20th-century-drawing-the-line#sthash.vPMUT5T7.dpuf

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