Being Human Festival

Parts Unknown: The Extraordinary Maps of Hermann Moll

Derby Libraries

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Thu 12 Nov, 5pm - 6.30pm

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About the event

Join us online to explore one of Derby Local Studies and Family History Library’s greatest treasures and help us to solve a mystery!

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library has partnered with the University of Derby, Derby Museums and Derbyshire Record Office for the Being Human festival this November. The library will be showcasing some of the treasures of the Local Studies collection in an exciting series of online events.

Parts Unknown: The Extraordinary Maps of Hermann Moll

Hermann Moll’s 'The World Described' is a set of the most complete maps produced in eighteenth-century Britain and his work was inspiration for the imaginary maps in Gulliver’s Travels. But how did they get here and who used them? No-one knows!

The first part of this online workshop will introduce to you to these incredible maps and what they can tell us about exploration, exploitation and the imagination in eighteenth-century Britain. The second part of the workshop will launch a flash-fiction competition to fill the gap that the archive cannot tell us: how and why the maps made their way to Derby!

This is an online event. 

Please note, in order to join us, we ask that you read and agree to our Online Safety Agreement; this will be sent to you to read when you register your place.