Collections | A Journey Through Maps: Exploring Ireland’s Cartographic Heritage

Who mapped Ireland, and how? Spanning five centuries of mapping in Ireland, this talk by historical geographers Professor Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Catherine Porter (University of Limerick) explores the importance of field-survey in the map-making process. From the early-seventeenth century maps of Josias Bodley and the Escheated Counties of Ulster, through to the early Ordnance Survey six-inch maps under Thomas Colby, it journeys through Ireland’s rich cartographic heritage, revisiting those landscapes and localities where surveyors traversed and plotted the ground. Looking ‘behind’ the map, to the field, opens up new and interesting perspectives on how Ireland was mapped in the past.

Armagh Robinson Library is grateful to the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the Art Fund for supporting the lecture through their ‘Museums Connect’ programme.