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Public history of science lecture by Dr Rachel Hewitt

Britain’s national mapping agency, the Ordnance Survey, was officially founded in the summer of 1791, in a climate of international revolution and military reaction. But the Ordnance Survey was much more than just a military map. Its foundation was partly inspired by a collaboration with the Royal Society, and the scientific ideals that characterised that project continued to inform the Ordnance Survey’s direction and aspirations throughout its early years. Rachel Hewitt’s talk will explore this ‘perfect concurrence of two great organisations’.

The lecture is free and all are welcome to attend. No prior booking is required: seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and doors will open at 12.30pm. If you have any enquiries about this event please contact Felicity Henderson ( or 02074512597).

Image of ordnance survey map from foto.bulle via flickr.