Tag Archives: Charles Hutton

Companionship, Place and the Contour Walk

“What apps do you use?” We’re on the first steep climb to reach the 700m altitude of our Contour Walk on Schiehallion, a mountain that can descend into cloud at the drop of a hat, so to have navigation tools … Continue reading

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Places Past and Present

Why be ‘against’ drawing contour lines on maps? Tucked deep in the shelves of the Lit and Phil is an 1856 report, or ‘minutes of evidence’, where eminent engineers of the day weigh-in, for and against, the contour line. It’s … Continue reading

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Changing Landscapes

“In the beginning, the land was soft”, thus began the first talk of the British Cartographic Society’s Symposium. By William Cartwright, the words relate the ‘feel’ of Australia before ‘lines’ (fences, roads, and railways) snaked their way into and across … Continue reading

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Slam

Late notice, apologies. I’m talking about the project again, this time it’s at a Research Slam in Edinburgh, (tomorrow night). It’s free, so if you’re in the vicinity – and free – please come along: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-library-research-slam-tickets-30073045288

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The Publication

The plan was to produce the Great Lines publication in time for the Opening at the Lit & Phil last June, but one of the advantages of the delay has been that I could include images from the Exhibition within … Continue reading

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Chain of Custody

The earliest map visited on my travels is of a navigation channel for the Spaarne by Pieter Bruins, Bruinsz or Bruinszoon in 1584. The dotted line marked ‘7 voet’ probably denotes water ‘deeper than’ and as such I consider it … Continue reading

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Modelling

I imagined handing over 2 sets of ‘data’ to a university department who would use some modern process (thermo-form blah) to create 2 models: one of Hutton’s contour lines of Schiehallion and another – same mountain – but current contours. … Continue reading

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