Putting Scotland on the Map: The World of John Bartholomew and Son will explore the techniques and processes by which Bartholomew brought their maps to life. From 7 December 2012 to 7 May 2013 the exhibition of Bartholomew Archive material will be on display in the NLS George IV Bridge building. It will showcase items from the remarkable record of the Edinburgh-based firm of map engravers, printers and publishers.
Karla Baker, Bartholomew Archive Curator writes: “The exhibition will focus on map production techniques at Bartholomew as seen through the eyes of its highly skilled staff and directed by its colourful managers. The exhibition will follow the life story of Bartholomew maps from the compilation of source material, to hand-made ‘graving tools, to the noise of the printing room floor. Visitors will have the chance to meet one of Bartholomew’s most influential characters, John George Bartholomew; to enter the upside down and back to front world of the copperplate engravers before reflecting on the ways in which modern technology may have altered our relationship with maps”.