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[BOOKED OUT] Mapping Our World - Discovery Day

[BOOKED OUT] Mapping Our World - Discovery Day

10 November 2013, 10:00am-4:00pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


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Learn more about the history of the mapping of Australia. Join us for a day of talks and panel discussions with national and international experts. Hear exhibition curators Nat Williams, Dr Martin Woods and Dr Susannah Helman as they reveal the stories behind the exhibition. Listen to international and Australian experts discuss maps and mapping controversies. Drop in for an hour or stay for the day.

Session 1: Curatorial Overview
Curatorial overview with exhibition curators Nat Williams, Dr Martin Woods and Dr Susannah Helman, Peter Barber, Head of Maps at the British Library and Erica Persak, Executive Administrator, Kerry Stokes Collection.
10:00am - 12:00pm

Session 2: The Fra Mauro Map
Dr Maurizio Messina, Director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice
1:00pm - 1:40pm

Session 3: The Dieppe Maps Controversy
The Dieppe maps are a series of world maps produced in Dieppe, France, in the 1540s, 1550s and 1560s. Most of the Dieppe maps depict a large land mass entitled Jave la Grande, between what is now Indonesia and Antarctica. In the English-speaking world particularly, academic and popular interest in the Dieppe maps over the last 150 years has focused largely on this feature of the maps. This is because Jave la Grande is thought by some to provide clues of a possible Portuguese exploration of Australia's coasts in the 1520s. Consider the evidence for and against with a panel of national and international experts.
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition is not included in this event booking.

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