Talking Maps

From the first modern map of Britain to Grayson Perry’s contemporary maps, the Talking Maps exhibition at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries reveals the fascinating stories maps tell about the places they show and the people that make and use them.

The exhibition is curated by Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and author of Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World, and Nick Millea, Map Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries.

‘Every map tells a story’, said Brotton. ‘The exhibition shows how maps are creative objects that establish conversations between the people who made them and the individuals and communities that use them.’

The exhibition opens on 5th July and showcases iconic treasures from the Bodleian’s collection of more than 1.5 million maps, together with new works on loan and specially commissioned 3D installations.

Essential information
Date: 5th July 2019 – 8th March 2020
Venue: Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG.
To find out more, please go to the Bodleian Libraries website.

About the book
Now available in paperback and updated with a new preface by the author, Trading Territories tells the compelling story of maps and geographical knowledge in the early modern world from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. Jerry Brotton shows that trade and diplomacy defined the development of maps and globes in this period, far more than the disinterested pursuit of scientific accuracy and objectivity, and challenges our preconceptions about not just maps, but also the history and geography of what we call East and West.

About the author
Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and a leading expert in the history of cartography. He presented the BBC4 series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession in 2010, and is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West (Reaktion, 2000), co-written with Lisa Jardine, and the bestselling and prize-winning A History of the World in Twelve Maps (2012).