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The Blaeu Map Returns

The Blaeu Map Returns
Collection Event Talks / Lecture

Detail of the restored Blaeu Map
11 November 2017, 2pm-3pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


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The map Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (Eastern or Asian Archipelago) is a historical goldmine; it records the first sighting of Tasmania and the first mapping of the New Zealand coast by Europeans. It became the template for all subsequent maps of 'New Holland', or Australia. After being acquired by the Library in 2013 and displayed in the exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia, the map underwent intense restoration. Now, after four years of conservation work, see for yourself the amazing results. Martin Woods, Curator of Maps, and Libby Melzer, conservator at the Grimwade Centre, will explain the restoration journey as it returns to display in our Treasures Gallery for a limited time only.

A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons

Image: Joan Blaeu, Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (detail), 1663,