From John Ainslie's 'Designs
for Edinburgh's New Town'.
A fascinating journey through the wonderful world of maps is on offer in the National Library of Scotland's new exhibition, 'You are Here: A journey through maps'.
Featuring some of the most important and beautiful maps in the Library's world-class collection, the exhibition sets out to challenge our acceptance of maps. It poses questions about how maps are made and how we understand them.
'You are Here' starts with maps of Edinburgh then zooms out to Scotland, the UK, Europe and the world.
Maps featured in the exhibition include:
- The first printed map of Scotland
- One of the finest plans of Edinburgh
- Maps from the 'Blaeu Atlas Maior', said to be 'the most beautiful atlas ever'
- Railway, fishing and schoolroom maps.
The exhibition also has a number of fun activities for visitors, such as identifying locations and calculating distances based on the scales used in maps.
Millions of people use maps every day, and 'You are Here' provides essential information to get the most out of cartography.
See also our maps exhibition press release
21 July 2016