This half-day conference for Geography teachers at Key Stages 2 – 5 uncovers the Library’s forthcoming major exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line and explores a range of approaches to interpreting and creating maps, with a focus on digital resources, to support and enrich Geography in the Primary and Secondary classroom. Includes a keynote talk from a lead British Library digital maps curator, a choice of workshop sessions and an opportunity to visit the exhibition.
Also available to full-time trainee teachers at a concessionary rate - see ticket page for details.
About the exhibition
The 20th century was a period of extremes, of contrasts and contradictions. It witnessed destructive wars, and yet periods of unprecedented peace. Increasing wealth was joined by higher levels of poverty. There was scientific and technological progress, but also inhumanity and repression. The map was one of the century’s principal objects. Thanks to developments in geography education, cheaper and quicker mapmaking processes, and increasing travel and migration, maps became common, trusted and powerful things in western society. Yet maps were not passive or neutral objects. They were agents of change, presenting only versions of reality, not the reality itself. They were capable of informing, but also misleading. They were tools of control and of protest, and even changed the world. Discover the profound influence of maps in the 20th century in this major exhibition.
Also available - sessions for school groups
Free school workshops for Primary and Secondary groups linked to the Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition can be booked through the British Library's Learning website. For further information on our wider programme visit www.bl.uk/learning or contact firstname.lastname@example.org