ANN: Carto-Cymru — The Wales Map Symposium — Mapping the Nation (12th May 2023)

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You are invited to join us online or in person for Carto-Cymru — The Wales Map Symposium 2023 — 'Mapping the nation'

Held by The National Library of Wales and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, in association with The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps, at The National Library of Wales, on Friday 12th May 2023.

The theme of this year's event is 'Mapping the nation' – exploring the work of the Ordnance Survey, how approaches to mapping the landscape have changed over time and how historical OS maps can help us to understand our physical environment both past and present.

Programme for the day:

10 am Welcome by Pedr ap Llwyd, Librarian & Chief Executive, The National Library of Wales 

10.15 'Excavating' the Map: Landscapes of the Early Ordnance Survey in Great Britain and Ireland – Keith Lilley, Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University, Belfast.  

11.00 The Blue & Black MS Drawings for the 1:2500 – Dr Rob Wheeler, Honorary Secretary, Charles Close Society. 

11.45 Mapping the milestones in Ordnance Survey’s history – Jess Baker, Technical Relationship Consultant, Ordnance Survey. 

12.30 Lunch 

2.00 The Meresmen and the Parish Boundaries of Wales – Scott Lloyd, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. 

2.45 Not just maps of Wales: OS mapping at the National Library – Huw Thomas, Map Curator, The National Library of Wales. 

3.25 Afternoon break 

3.45 Wales on the Map – Mike Parker. 

4.30 Closing address by Christopher Catling, Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. 

Tickets are £15 online and £25 in person (including buffet lunch)

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We look forward to seeing you there.