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What is a map? What are they for, and what do they help us do? How can we use them to help us learn about history? What are the choices cartographers make, and why?

The British Library’s collection of maps and views is the world’s second largest, numbering some 4.5 million maps, with a chronological spread of over 2,000 years.

In this creative and exploratory workshop, students will look at a selection of maps from around the globe and across time. They will explore unique maps on display in the Treasures of the British Library gallery as well as digitised sources in their Learning Centre. Groups will think critically about the many uses and styles of maps as well as consider the kinds of maps they would like to create and why.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS2

Ages: 7-11

Subjects: Art & Design, Geography, History

Topics: Careers, Human & Physical Geography, Maps, Team Building, Critical Thinking, Visual Literacy

Type: At Venue

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Free

Dates: Tue, Wed & Thu: 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30

Min. Students: 10

Max. Students: 30

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About The British Library.

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The British Library offers an expansive programme for primary and secondary learners which encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration, enriching the curriculum and developing lifelong learning skills.

Visits are free of charge, available all year round and can be self-guided or led by one of their Learning facilitators.

New workshops for this year include explorations of their map and artists’ books collections. Plus, find out more about library tours, workshops and private views related to their upcoming exhibitions Animals: Art, Science and Sound, and Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, as well as ground-breaking exhibitions on digital storytelling and author Malorie Blackman.

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