Tag Archives: History of Cartography

Missed Signs (Bench Marks, Flush Brackets, Cable Markers)

Getting ready for Lewis entails getting my ‘eye in’, I need to be more proficient in spotting Bench Marks. Last week I found out I had lived many years within a gnat’s crotchet of some of the best in the … Continue reading

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Lewis (contours and bench marks)

In every sense, the next journey is into unknown territory. I feel confident discussing early uses of isobaths, even the life and times of Charles Hutton, but after him, the story of contours emergence onto maps takes place variously in: … Continue reading

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Three Maps

In an age where maps are created without touching the land, a satellite’s orbit will suffice, here are three maps (with 3,000 years between oldest and youngest) each made through being and walking on and around Schiehallion. Two artists, both with … 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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Second Edition

It was the best of sunny Highgreen that saw the launch of the second edition of the publication last Sunday. Aside from the story of the invention of contour lines – and lots of images – there’s a short piece … 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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