Michael Palin opens Murray Archive exhibition
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Writer, traveller and actor Michael Palin officially opened the John Murray Archive Exhibition today at the National Library of Scotland.
Subtitled 'Ideas that shaped the world', the interactive exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday 27 June. State-of-the-art display technology helps visitors learn about great ideas and achievements from the 19th century and the people behind them.
The exhibition highlights 11 historical figures included in the publishing archive. Among the featured Murray authors are travellers such as missionary David Livingstone and scientist Charles Darwin.
Michael Palin himself has journeyed round the globe, and has documented his experiences in books and popular television programmes.
A gold mine
The former Monty Python star describes the archive as 'a gold mine for anyone who loves the magic of travel. It is, he says, 'a uniquely rich collection, bringing together travellers who were poets, politicians, scientists, missionaries, archaeologists and adventurers who all share the gift of being able to write.'
The John Murray Archive Exhibition is free and is open daily. Read more in the JMA Exhibition media release.
25 June 2007
New digital maps resources
Roy military map.
In recent weeks we have added several new resources to our highly popular collection of online maps. Three web map applications have expanded particular areas of digital mapping.
Historical military map
The Roy Military Survey of Scotland 1745-1755 is the most detailed, informative map for many parts of the Highlands in 18th century. For all of mainland Scotland it is the only standard topographic map before Ordnance Survey. You can search the map through a pilot web application.
Bathymetrical Survey texts
Rare and pioneering research from the Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh Water Lochs, 1897-1909 is now available online for the first time. The descriptive texts are still valuable and relevant today. They were digitised in a joint project between NLS and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Modern Ordnance Survey maps
Visitors to the Map Library can use our Ordnance Survey MasterMap Viewer to see detailed OS mapping for the UK from 1998 onwards. Users can compare two maps at the same time, and can zoom and pan map images to examine them in close detail.
The NLS site now carries more than 6,000 map images which are free to view. We can also provide printouts of maps. See the map enquiries and copies page for details.
25 June 2007