The Map that Changed the World
An original example of the 1815 ‘Map that Changed the World’ is the centrepiece of this exhibition, hosted by the North Pennines AONB Partnership at the Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale.
Produced by William Smith, the ‘father of English Geology’, the map was the first countrywide geological map, and is an important piece of global scientific heritage.
Smith, an engineer and surveyor, travelled the length and breadth of the country to collect data, then went on to produce his vivid and detailed map, applying layers of different colours to indicate the various rock types. Alongside the William Smith map, visitors can see the evolution of geological mapping, from smith’s ground-breaking work, to the way such maps look today.
The map has been loaned to the North Pennines AONB Partnership by geologist, Jonathan Larwood.