Mapping the Town: 50 Years of the British Historic Towns Atlas
Maps are very useful tools to help us understand how towns and cities take shape over time. Historic maps of particular time-periods offer a snapshot of what a place looked like and so provide important historical information for studying the urban past. Maps can also be used to tell a story about a place, a visualisation of its 'spatial' urban history. The British Historic Towns Atlases combine both historic and historical urban mapping, and through using the Atlases this study day explores the theme of 'mapping the town'. The programme includes contributors to the British atlas series, speaking about the insights maps provide on urban topography and history for towns and cities across Great Britain, including Oxford, Winchester and York. During the day there will be an opportunity to study the atlases and their maps close-up, as well as to hear about the close connections between Oxford and the origins of the British Historic Towns Atlas, the first volume of which was published fifty years ago, in 1969.
In association with the Historic Towns Trust
Saturday 12 October 2019
9.45am Mapping the Town—An Introduction
PROFESSOR KEITH LILLEY
10.00am The Origins of the British Historic Towns Atlas
PROFESSOR CAROLINE BARRON
11.20am The Oxford Historic Towns Atlas
The Maps of the Oxford Atlas
DR JOHN HAWKINS
1.50pm The Winchester Historic Towns Atlas
PROFESSOR MARTIN BIDDLE
3.10pm The York Historic Towns Atlas
PROFESSOR PETER ADDYMAN
4.10pm Summary of the day
PROFESSOR VANESSA HARDING
5.00pm Course disperses
During the day there will be parallel interactive sessions giving day school participants a chance to investigate the Oxford Atlas in detail.
The British Historic Towns Atlases are available online to download for free (volumes 1-3) or purchase (volumes 4-6) at http://www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/
Kain R J P & Oliver R (2015) British Town Maps: A History. The British Library, London.
Darkes G & Spence M (2017) Cartography: An Introduction. British Cartographic Society, 2nd New edition.
Barron C (2016) 'Mapping Historic Oxford'. The Oxford Historian, Issue XIII, p.45-47 [online at http://www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/sites/historictownsatlas/files/attachments/barron_oxford_historian_article_0.pdf]
Lilley K D (2002) Urban Life in the Middle Ages. 1000-1450. Palgrave, London.
Kostof S (1991) The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History. Little, Brown and Company, New York.
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former director of the York Archaeological Trust
Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway College, University of London
Director, Winchester Research Unit
Retired. Former Editor, VCH Oxfordshire. Member of Oxford University History Faculty.
Cartographic Editor, British Historic Towns Atlas
Professor of London History, Birkbeck, University of London
Julian Munby works on historic buildings and landscapes for Oxford Archaeology, has been researching the history of Oxford for many years, with a special interest in its buildings and in drawn views of the city. He has wide interests in cultural studies from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, and he is a regular lecturer for OUDCE.
Course Director & Speaker
Professor of Historical Geography, Queen’s University Belfast / Chair, Historic Towns Trust
Director of StudiesDepartmental Lecturer in Local and Social History at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford
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