The series explores the
beauty of maps, their historical significance, their relevance to
modern map-making, and how they shape the future of cartography.
The Beauty of Maps series was part of BBC Four's 'Maps
Moment', which will aired in spring 2010 alongside the British
Library's new exhibition, "Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and
The Beauty of Maps puts the art back into cartography by
taking a look at the development of key maps throughout history,
examining how they have become works of art rather than simply
objective representations of space.
Each episode focuses on one map and uses human stories and
testimony, original sketches and artistic impressions, private
journals and historic archive sources to tell its story. The series
addresses the cartographers' roles and how big an impact their
creations have had in the art world. The maps which feature in the
series are from the collection at the British Library. Peter
Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, is acting
as consultant on the series.
The Beauty of Maps also has an online counterpart, which
delivers original and exclusive content thematically aligned to the
TV series. Users are able to explore five historic maps. This
interactive online content is a mixed-media combination of
pictures, video, audio and text and guides the viewer on a journey
through modern day map-making, exploring the most intriguing and
beautiful maps of today.