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By Amy Duffy
Take a closer look at maps
AN EVENT to bring together mapping enthusiasts is taking place next week.
The Dumfries Archival Mapping Project (DAMP) and the Galloway Glen Scheme are hosting the online event on Tuesday night, from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.
DAMP was set up to encourage the study of historic maps, primarily pre-ordnance survey estate maps from across the region.
This was in order to consider what they can tell us about the changing landscape, as well as appreciate the maps themselves.
As maps are identified they are often uploaded onto the National Library of Scotland Mapping website, which allows users to compare between past and present versions.
The work of DAMP to find and upload these maps has allowed Dumfries and Galloway to have a mapping resource far superior to that of the rest of the country.
Next week’s session, which is called ‘Amorous Couples, Place Names and Steampunk’, will look at a series of historic maps from different angles.
Speakers include Chris Fleet from National Library of Scotland, geologist Alan Gibbs and Graham Roberts, the ex-archivist for the region.
DAMP’s Archie McConnel said: “It is not so much a matter of opinion on maps, but the fact that everybody views a map in a different way due to their own background knowledge and experience.
“The hope is that members of the audience will develop their own ways of looking.”
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