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Scottish Local History Week: From Gordon to Google - Four Centuries of Mapping Aberdeen




Join us for Scottish Local History Week as Christopher Fleet, Map curator at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), will look at the main maps of Aberdeen over the last 400 years, from James Gordon’s stunning map of the 1661 to today’s digital mapping. Over the centuries, maps were made for very different purposes, by different people and, by looking at who made these maps and why, we can reach a greater understanding of them. The talk will conclude with a brief demonstration of the National Library of Scotland’s maps website, where most of these maps can be viewed.
Christopher has worked at the Bodlein Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales before joining the NLS in 1994, where his main responsibilities have been on modern and historical digital mapping, including developing the library Map Images website (, now with some 170,000 online maps dating from 1560s to 1960s.
He has researched, written and spoken widely on these subjects and on maps of Scotland, and is a co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016).


Aberdeen Central Library
Rosemount Library
AB25 1GW

01224 652500


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Aberdeen City Libraries
Rosemount Viaduct
AB25 1GW

01224 652500