New: Renaissance Maps

Advances in map production meant they not only became more functional but highly collectable objects in their own right. Maps on display could be viewed not only as statements of power but also as evidence of wealth and cultural learning.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone interested in medieval history. No prior knowledge is required but a good understanding of English is essential.

What does this course cover

We will explore how the content and purpose of maps changed from the medieval to the early modern period. We will look not just the utilitarian purpose of maps but as objects of display denoting wealth, power and education.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Identify at least 3 renaissance maps and discuss their significance
- Discuss the impact of printing on the production of maps
- Explain how renaissance maps fostered the idea of Europe

What will it be like

There will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion purposes. You are encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.

There will be plenty of opportunities to share/compare your ideas, questions and answers with the tutor and others in the group. You will also be able to provide feedback on the course and comment on how far you feel you have progressed.

What else do you need to buy or do

No expense is required other than note-taking materials.

What this course could lead to

You could enrol on other history or history of art courses run by Vanessa. Read the prospectus for more details or speak to reception staff.

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