Parts Unknown: The Extraordinary Maps of Hermann Moll

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

Moon and mountains

Being Human Festival 2020

The 7th annual Being Human Festival takes place between 12-22 November with the theme of ‘New Worlds’, perfectly timed to reflect on the radical global changes of 2020. The free multi-city festival showcases how humanities researchers work every day on issues that shape the world that we live in.

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This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 12-22 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Further information is available at beinghumanfestival.org.