Tracing the 20th Century Through Maps
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.
If you are teaching 20th century units at GCSE or A-Level, join us for a one day CPD course in partnership with the British Library based around their forthcoming exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line.
Hear keynotes from Tom Harper, British Library lead curator of the exhibition, and Dr Jessica Reinisch from Birkeck, University of London. Choose from a selection of engaging workshops to develop subject knowledge and support best practice teaching, featuring Ben Walsh, associate vice president of the Historical Association, on the Cold War and Alf Wilkinson, educational consultant and textbook author, on the First World War. Get to grips with politicians' aims, propaganda, migration and social change with sessions from the British Library's Learning and Labs teams, plus a free ticket to the British Library exhibition.
Full programme available to download from the HA website here.
The Big Stories of the 20th Century Through Maps
9.00am–9.30am Registration and refreshments
9.30am–9.45am Welcome and introductions
9.45am–10.30am Keynote address
Mapmaking is an impulse which found great expression in the 20th century. In this talk, which includes an overview of the current exhibition, Lead Curator Tom Harper will explore the important role maps played during the 20th century through conflict, peace, and in everyday lives. The talk will consider the importance of maps as agents of change in a century when shifts in education made people more map literate than ever before, with huge implications for where we are today.
Tom Harper is Lead Curator for Antiquarian Maps at the British Library, and Lead Curator for the current British Library exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line.
10.30am–10.50am Coffee break
10.50am–11.50am Workshop 1
Option A: Ben Walsh, Education Consultant
Conflict in the 20th Century: The challenges of teaching the Cold War
A look at new historical thinking on the Cold War and how it might be brought into the classrooms, including new source collections and a range of activity ideas.
Option B: Alf Wilkinson, Education Consultant
Mapping the First World War
How do maps help our understanding of the war 1914-1919?
Option C: Jean Campbell, British Library creative educator
Maps and the 20th Century – Drawing the Line
This workshop, which takes place in the exhibition gallery, will explore ways in which maps and mapping have recorded, interpreted and shaped history.
11.50am–12.50pm Workshop 2 (see choices above)
12.50pm–2.00pm Extended lunch and opportunity to take an unguided view of the British Library exhibition Maps and the 20th Century – Drawing the Line
2.00pm–2.25pm Maps and digital humanities: British Library Labs
2.25pm–3.10pm Plenary keynote – What Matters Most about the 20th Century?
Dr Jessica Reinisch leads The Reluctant Internationalists research group at Birkbeck, University of London and is the academic lead for the Historical Association’s 2017 Teacher Fellowship Programme: The Cold War in the Classroom.
3.10pm– Close and final opportunity to see the British Library exhibition