19 Mar 2010

‘On the Map’ BBC Radio 4 Programmes with Mike Parker

This Monday (22 March), the first episode of a ten part series called ‘On the Map will be broadcast.

Mike Parker, author of
Map Addict, will present the 15-minute programmes. They will go out on Radio 4, Monday to Friday at 3.45pm in the weeks beginning 22nd and 29th March. Mike visited our Collins Geo offices in January to record some interviews about the Times Atlas of the World - its history, the production process, updates, decisions on name forms, boundary issues and content.

‘On the Map’ looks at maps and map-making since the beginning of the twentieth century and will cover the use of maps for everything from leisure and motoring to propaganda and story-telling. It will also include the different approaches which have been taken to the mapping of cities, the use of maps during war, the creation of atlases and the political agendas behind different maps. And it looks at the future of cartography as digital technology opens up mapping to everyone.

1. Mon 22nd
The Map Makers - Introduction and OS maps
2. Tue 23rd Mapping the Metropolis - Mapping Manchester & London A-Z
3. Wed 24th Motoring Maps - Road maps and sat navs
4. Thu 25th Social Mapping - Data mashups and crowdsource mapping
5. Fri 26th The Lie of the Land - Power, politics and propaganda
6. Mon 29th World View – Territories and travel
7. Tue 30th Off the Map - Military mapping and tactical omissions
8. Wed 31st Whose Map is it Anyway? – The future of OS mapping
9. Thu 1 Apr Digital Maps - OpenStreetMap, sat nav and internet mapping
10. Fri 2 Apr Maps of the Mind –Mental maps and the Archers

The website includes brief background details for each episode, with links to maps mentioned in the programme or examples of mapping on the particular theme. Episode 3 - Motoring Map has a link to a Bartholomew 1920 motoring map and to some 1930s promotional material.

To listen: click on this url www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rd8z5, then click on the Listen Live link at the top right of the page.

Two other documentaries coming soon to BBC FOUR are
Mapping the World and The Art of Maps.

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