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Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography

2019 - 2020  Programme


Tuesday 19 November 2019


Hugh Torrens (University of Keele)

Geologist William Smith (1769-1839) and his struggles to both earn a living, and finance his scientific and cartographic projects to 1820

Tuesday 25 February 2020


John Davies ( and Alex Kent (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Secret Soviet Maps of Cambridge and the World

(More information about the speakers can be found at

Tuesday 5 May 2020 



Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge)  SORRY THIS TALK IS POSTPONED

Polar maps and their histories: reflections on the changing fortunes of cosmography

All are welcome. No need to book

Refreshments will be available after each seminar

The seminars are kindly supported by Emmanuel College Cambridge

Location and Time


Gardner Room,​ Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP

Map showing location of Emmanuel College

Ask at the Porters' Lodge (indicated by a bowler hat on the map link above) for directions to the Gardner Room.

There is no need to book in advance.



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Printable Poster

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Previous Seminars

For a complete list of Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography since 2006 click here

Opening hours


9:00-12:45 and 14:00-17:10 *


9:00-12:45 and 14:00-16:50 *


Closed **

* Monday to Friday 12:45-14:00: If you wish to continue working through the lunch period we can transfer items to the Munby Rare Books Reading Room.

** Items ordered before 12.45 on Friday can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. No fetching or transferring is possible on Saturdays. Please contact the Map Room to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


+44 (0) 1223 333041
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