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BBC – The Beauty of Maps


Just couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about The Art of Geographic Data. It seems that BBC thought about it before me and made whole TV series about related topic…

The BBC documentary The Beauty of Maps is a fantastic TV series looking at maps in incredible detail to highlight their artistic attributions and reveal the stories that they tell. The British Museum in London is a home of staggering 4.5 million maps, most of which remain hidden away in its colossal basement. The programme delves behind the scenes to explore some amazing treasures in more detail. However apart from TV Show their is an BBC website complementing the series on-line.
The website gives us a chance to experience and explore five of the world’s most beautiful old maps and discover their secrets starting with Psalter Map from 1260. But it as well presents  how we map virtual spaces and understand our world today. Click of the image to explore this website:

I found couple of episodes of the series on You Tube:

source: BBC

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


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