Maps of London - A Day of Talks

Special Event Heritage Talk
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    10:00 AM

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    £13.00 - £16.00

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Learn how London has been mapped throughout history

Over the past 2000 years London has developed from a small town, fitting snugly within its walls, into one of the world's largest and most dynamic cities. Maps or cartography have helped illustrate and explain this transformation.

Join us at Southwark Cathedral for this day of talks on London Maps which will look to explore just a small example of ancient and modern maps that help explain how this great city has been mapped thoughout history.

From medieval Southwark through to new maps and graphics charting modern life in London like never seen before, we are sure that all map enthusiasts and historians will want to join us for our Day of London Maps.

Speakers include the following and times TBC;

Professor Caroline Barron and Giles Darkes- Map of Medieval London (Historic Towns Trust)

Published by the Historic Towns Trust, this map shows London from 1270 - 1300 when its population reached a peek not reached again until the mid 16th century.

The map covers the same geographical extent as the map of Tudor London and at the same scale (our standard scale of 1:2500), and also shows Westminster about 1290. On the reverse of the map we show Lambeth at the same period — the Archbishop of Canterbury's London home had been established by them, along with a small community to service it.

The map is based on the map of London c.1270 which appeared in the Atlas of London up to 1520, but completely revised to take into account the many discoveries — archaeological and historical — that have been made over the past 35 years. Every item on the source map has been reviewed and many changes made. We have also shown new features such as the water pipes and conduits which brought 'sweet' water to the City; vineyards and orchards; and the new works at the Tower being built by Edward I.

The map now also features as one of the map layers on the Layers of London website where it can be seen in context. Users can look at a modern map and maps of different date, including the Map of Tudor London, and vary the transparency of them for comparison purposes. The Layers of London site also has a lot of photographs and social history attached to it and is a great resource for the local and family historian.

Caroline Barron is Professor Emerita in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2019, she was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

Giles Darkes is a cartographer specialising in thematic mapping and cartographic project management. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Cartography at Oxford Brookes University, he has worked on the British Historic Towns Atlas project since 2008.. He is the author of, and contributor to, a number of books on cartography including the Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, and the cartographic editor of the second edition of the Atlas of the World's Languages and An Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire.

Professor James Cheshire - LONDON: The Information Capital: 100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city

In London: The Information Capital, geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti join forces to bring you a series of new maps and graphics charting life in London like never before

When do police helicopters catch criminals? Which borough of London is the happiest? Is 'czesc' becoming a more common greeting than 'salaam'? James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti could tell you, but they'd rather show you. By combining millions of data points with stunning design, they investigate how flights stack over Heathrow, who lives longest, and where Londoners love to tweet. The result? One hundred portraits of an old city in a very new way.

Professor James Cheshire is a geographer with a passion for London and its data. His award-winning maps draw from his research as a lecturer at University College London and have appeared in the Guardian and the Financial Times, as well as on his popular blog, He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Simon Morris - The London Topographical Society and the Mapping of London

The LTS has been publishing maps, plans and written material on the development of London since the 1880s. Simon Morris will look at the Society's publications, focusing on those covering Southwark and adjacent areas, and discuss what they tell us about the growth of London from Tudor times to the present day.

Simon Morris is the Publications Secretary of the London Topographical Society and a solicitor practising in the City where he specialises in financial regulation. He holds a doctorate in London history from Birkbeck College, University of London and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Simon has lectured widely on London mapping, and has cycled round all the streets of London photographing disappearing 19th century street signs.


Indy Bhullar - The Charles Booth Poverty Maps

The efforts made by Charles Booth and his many assistants to map late-Victorian London remains a hugely impressive feat of early sociological innovation. The maps themselves are the obvious stars of the show, and they provide an easily understood perspective of London’s wealth and poverty. What lies beneath the maps are hundreds of notebooks, filled with the results of hundreds of hours of work carried out by Booth and his many colleagues as they traversed the City. They collectively gathered statistics and stories which described, in painstaking detail, how London and Londoners lived and worked.

Indy Bhullar is Curator for Economics and Social Policy at LSE Library. He has worked closely with Booth’s archive for many years including working on the efforts to digitise the collection and make it available via our website: When not talking about Booth he curates exhibitions, teaches and works on connecting teaching staff, researchers, students and anyone else interested, to the many valuable collections held in LSE Library.