FREE Talk by London Transport Museum
The Wonderground: MacDonald Gill’s decorative maps for London Underground 1914-1932
Wednesday 13 June: Basingstoke Country Hotel, Hampshire
Arrive between 17.15 – 18.15 to look around BCS exhibition
Talk starts: 18.15 and finishes: 18.45
The British Cartographic Society is delighted to announce that London Transport Museum’s Head Curator, Claire Dobbin, will be giving a talk during their BCS Annual Symposium programme.
This event is now FULL and we are now no longer taking registrations.
For those who have already booked for this talk, please arrive between 17.15 and 18.15 to take advantage of the Symposium’s well supported exhibition which will play host to 17 exhibitors from the GIS and cartography industry.
About the talk
This talk will reveal the fascinating history behind MacDonald Gill’s distinctive decorative poster maps, produced for London Underground between 1914 and 1932. Drawing inspiration from 16th and 17thcentury cartography, Gill added humour, warmth and a deep knowledge of London that made his maps unique. Moving far beyond the geographic, topical references and whimsical quips range from the biographical and the literary to the comical and absurd.
Commissioned primarily to promote leisure travel in the Capital, as a way of building up passenger numbers on underused off-peak services, Gill’s beautiful poster designs bring together two key themes of this year’s symposium – the ‘art’ in cartography and transport mapping.