Online Talk: Mapping the City with John Moore

Wednesday 15th September 2021 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Join us for our Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival event when John Moore will be discussing Glasgow: Mapping the City, which explores how our amazing city has changed over the last 500 years. John’s beautifully illustrated book of the same name, published in 2015, features 80 specially selected maps, each offering a unique insight into the political, economic and social history of Glasgow. As the librarian of the University of Glasgow for nearly 38 years, Mr Moore was well acquainted with the city. Instead of just picking maps in chronological order, he wanted to pick the ones which told a story about the city. 

The maps paint a vivid painting of the history of the city. For example, one of the other more colourful maps is from 1884. It highlighted all the hotels and public houses in town – essentially where you could get a drink. And while the churches were also noted on the map, they were coloured in black.

Our event will take you on a journey through the development of shipbuilding, green spaces, transport, health, the industrial revolution, wartime, tourism and much more.

John Moore is a specialist on Scottish cartography and has published widely on the subject over a period of many years. He was formerly Collections Manager at Glasgow University Library.

Free, booking required, donations welcome. 


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