Signet Library: An evening in the Map Room: historic cartography and travel from the collections of the Signet Library *
The Signet Library in Edinburgh holds one of the richest collections of Scottish maps and atlases anywhere in the world, featuring the work of cartographers from Queen Elizabeth I's servant John Speed through to the great Edinburgh houses of Bartholomew and Johnson. The intense beauty and quality of Scottish mapmaking is matched by its epic history, in which courage, determination and persistence win out over extraordinary circumstances and formidable odds. This exhibition, which follows a short tour of the regency-era Upper and Lower Libraries, tells this remarkable story by showcasing examples of almost every significant national map of Scotland created since the Union of the Crowns, along with a selection from the Signet Library's collections of travel literature and prints.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO STEP-FREE ACCESS TO EITHER LIBRARY OR EXHIBITION.