Mapping Local History

Ref: C3533402

The landscape around Salisbury presents a wide range of natural and human features, making it an ideal place to discover the wealth of information, both modern and historic, to be captured through mapping. For centuries, plans, maps and diagrams have been produced that either describe what is present on the ground, or what is present beneath the surface. These vary from historic maps of our countryside, towns, villages, and cities to specific thematic maps of geology, soils and land use, to surveys derived from aerial information or geophysical surveys of hidden archaeology. This course will focus aspects of local mapping, so that we will learn about the physical growth and development of our city, its suburbs, and outlying areas. Strong emphasis will be placed in how this area has changed over time.

Course aim

We will explore the wealth of information available to us in maps with reference to changes in the Salisbury area of South Wiltshire over time

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Appreciate the origins and purposes of mapping
  • Understand there are many kinds of maps made for different purposes
  • Appreciate the wide use to which historic and modern maps can be put
  • Appreciate what can be learned about human settlement from old maps
  • Understand the the Development of Salisbury from Old Sarum

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You only need bring items that facilitate note taking. This course is 4 hours in duration, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon with a half hour lunch break at lunch time. There is a cafe in the building where snacks and hot drinks can be purchased at an additional cost.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Mapping Local History

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