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Man, maps and map history: John Andrews, 1927–2019


Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 19:30




Online lecture

A lecture by Arnold Horner in honour of the life and work of John Andrews, cartographic historian and geographer.

A lecture by Arnold Horner in honour of the life and work of John Andrews, cartographic historian and geographer, who died on 15 November 2019. With a short response by Keith Lilley.


This lecture will be presented live on YouTube and can be viewed here. Register to attend and you will receive a link in advance. There will not be the option to comment or ask questions during the event. The link will be made available after the event.

John Andrews was a pioneer and leading expert in studies of the history of cartography (map-making) in Ireland. He taught geography at Trinity College Dublin between 1954 and 1990, becoming Associate Professor in 1977 and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1978. He is particularly associated with two major Academy projects, the Atlas of Ireland (published 1979) and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (established 1981 and ongoing). His books include A paper landscape (1975), Plantation acres (1985), Shapes of Ireland (1997) and Maps in those days (2009). 

Arnold Horner formerly taught geography at University College Dublin. He has written widely on the geography of Ireland, some of his work being on topics related to the academic interests of John Andrews. Recent writings by Arnold Horner include Mapping Laois (2018) and an edited volume for the Irish Manuscripts Commission, Documents relating to the Bogs Commissioners (2019).

Keith Lilley is Professor of Historical Geography at Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on maps and landscapes, and the connections between them. His books include Mapping Medieval Geographies (2014) and City and Cosmos (2009), and he is chair of the British Historic Towns Atlas. In 2018, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) conferred on him the Cuthbert Peek Award, 'For advancing geographical knowledge through the application of contemporary methods, including GIS and mapping.'

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The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is a research project of the Royal Irish Academy. Series editors: Raymond Gillespie, Howard Clarke, Michael Potterton; consultant editor: Anngret Simms; managing and cartographic editor: Sarah Gearty; editorial assistants: Jennifer Moore, Frank Cullen. 

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