Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line at the British Library


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Map out an age of rapid growth and change with Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line at the British Library.

Showcasing artefacts from the British Library's collection, the exhibition reveals the power and influence of maps during the ever-changing 20th century. Learn about the use of cartography for a wide range of purposes and in a variety of contexts, and find out about the rapid integration of the once-exclusive map into the daily life of many throughout the period.

View a selection of Nazi war propaganda maps and never-before-displayed Ministry of Defence educational charts. Get to grips with the rise of mass immigration during the 20th century, as shown through the introduction of the accessible London A-Z map. And there’s plenty more to discover, as other highlights of the exhibition include a map of Winnie the Pooh's home, the Hundred Acre Wood, and the pocket-sized, political Pleb Atlas.

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