Rare map on display for Discovering Lost Landscapes project

Archives Published Thursday, 16th August 2018

A copy of the first geology map of Great Britain will be on display at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum.


As part of the Lost Landscapes project, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service is exhibiting the map of England, Wales and part of Scotland, produced in 1815 by William Smith.


A giant print of the map measuring six metres by four metres also forms the centrepiece of the exhibition at The Hive. The two exhibitions tell the story of Ice Age Worcestershire and the 19th Century scholars who came to revelations about the age of the rocks, fossils and human made artefacts around us.


Dr Johnathan Larwood will be delivering a free lecture at The Hive on Thursday, 23 August at 7pm on the origins of this ground breaking map.


Emma Hancox, Historic Environment Policy and Advisory Manager, said: "This map has been a highlight of the exhibition here in The Hive, and people have looked walking on a giant map of Britain and looking for places they know. It is also an important map historically, as it was ground breaking at the time, and this is a great opportunity to find out the story behind it."


Discovering Lost Landscapes is a Heritage Lottery Funded project with Museums Worcestershire and Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service looking at Palaeolithic Worcestershire, 500,000-10,000BC. Exhibitions are in Worcester Art Gallery & Museum and The Hive until early September 8.


The lecture is free but people need to book online in advance at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/events.html


For more information email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk