The Gough Map of Great Britain: Can a 600-year-old map reveal any new secrets?

31 July 2019 1.00pm 2.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Libraries


Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156 |


Many names and soubriquets have been attributed to the medieval Gough Map over the centuries, but new research made possible by recent scientific advances is delivering previously unimaginable solutions to the manuscript’s story.

This talk will describe the map, then explore how hyperspectral imaging, Raman spectroscopy, and 3D imagery is helping deliver a whole new interpretation into the creative thinking behind the oldest surviving geographically-recognisable cartographic representation of Great Britain. We will reveal how this Bodleian treasure continues to enlighten as one of the Library’s ‘Talking maps’.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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