Today sees the publication of our new book, Maps: their untold stories.
In this book we explore 100 maps selected from the vast, extraordinary and diverse collections here at The National Archives. Our journey spans seven centuries, and we visit places all around the world, from New York to New Zealand. There are even locations not found in the world gazetteer, such as Purgatory and Treasure Island.
We have always emphasised that the maps held here are an integral part of the wider historical record. When writing our book, we often looked at other records in the archives to help us to understand the origin and significance of the maps. We have included images of some of these related items in the book, from medieval seals to modern photographs. Continue reading »