Gough Map plays its part in search for Medieval Britain

8 April 2008

Med_Britain_tx_cardOne of the Bodleian Library’s greatest cartographic treasures, the Gough Map, is featured in a TV documentary as part of the winter-spring Medieval Season on BBC4. The programme In Search of Medieval Britain follows Dr Alixe Bovey of the University of Kent taking ‘a historical journey to uncover just what it would have been like to navigate Britain 700 years ago, as she goes In Search of Medieval Britain’ (BBC Online).

Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library and author of Gough Map: The Earliest Road Map of Britain? said: ‘We are delighted that the Gough Map is the focus of this BBC series. We hope that via this programme the Gough Map can gain its rightful place as a national treasure in people's minds’.

The first episode of the six-part programme In Search of Medieval Britain will be aired on Thursday 10 April at 7.30 pm on BBC4. In this first episode, Dr Bovey follows the trail north from York to the hotly contested Scottish border and uncovers tantalising clues to Medieval Britain's most dangerous war zone.

More information about the Gough Map can be found here.

The book Gough Map: The Earliest Road Map of Britain? by Nick Millea was published by Bodleian Library in January 2008. It can be purchased online at www.bodleianbookshop.co.uk
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