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'Navigators...will worship at our shrine': making map history at the National Maritime Museum, 1928–1955

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  • UserMegan Barford (Royal Museums Greenwich)
  • ClockThursday 10 February 2022, 15:30-17:00
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This paper examines map collecting during the formative period of the National Maritime Museum, which opened to the public in 1937. It looks at the roles of book dealers and collectors in shaping taste, and how that was combined with insights from the new field of the history of cartography and a powerful reactionary interwar navalism. The paper concludes by thinking through what the formative argument of the Museum’s map collection means for working with it in the twenty-first century.

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