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Theme - Maps

We use maps to navigate our environment, but what do they tell us about our history, and the way we live today?

Past events

Eborienteers Club championships

16 June, 10am, Burton Green Primary School

This is the Eborienteers Club Championships but, as at all events, everyone is welcome whether beginner or expert. You will receive a detailed large scale map of Clifton Backies Nature Reserve (a former World War II airfield now scrubland on its way to becoming deciduous forest).

You will have to navigate around a course of about 2 miles in length – it will (should) take you less than an hour. Bring a compass and wear outdoor clothing. You will be timed and “proper” orienteers will be running but it’s sensible for beginners to walk and avoid getting lost.

Admission: £6 per entry (individual or group)


The Historic Atlas of York: 2000 Years of Urban Development

16 June, 2pm, York Explore

The Historic Atlas of York, now nearing completion, will trace the urban development of York from Roman times, identifying every street and named structure accompanied by a sheaf of illustrations and reproductions of early maps. Dr Peter Addyman, former Director of York Archaeological Trust, will bring to life a redrawn version of the 1850s Ordnance Survey map of York which forms the base of the atlas to present an overview of the urban development of the city.

Admission: £4, email exploreyork@york.gov.uk or call 01904 552828


A history of the world in twelve maps

17 June, 7.30pm, Berrick Saul Building

Throughout history maps have helped to shape our view of the world and our place in it. But, as author and TV presenter Jerry Brotton demonstrates, world maps are unavoidably ideological and subjective and reflect the ideas of their age - whether the Jerusalem-centred Christian perspective of the 14th-century Hereford Mappa Mundi or the Peters projection of the 1970s which aimed to give due weight to the 'third world'.

Admission: Free, ticketed


Orienteering event

19 June, 5:30pm, Brayton Barff, Selby

Everyone is welcome at this informal evening event whether beginner or expert. You will receive a large-scale map of Brayton Barff and have to navigate around a course of about two-miles in length – it will (should) take you less than an hour and you will receive a finishing time. Bring a compass and wear outdoor clothing.

You will be timed and “proper” orienteers will be running but it's sensible for beginners to walk and avoid getting lost.

Admission: £4 per entry (individual or group)