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Variations on a Persian Theme: maps as messages

Source: Centre for Iranian Studies, London

Francis Herbert Hon. FRGS FBCart.S
Date: 22 May 2013, Time: 6:00 PM
Finishes: 22 May 2013, Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Type of Event: Launch Event

Welcome by Paul Webley, SOAS with an introduction by Peter Barber OBE, FSA, FRHistS followed by a talk by Francis Herbert Hon. FRGS FBCart.S on Variations on a Persian Theme: maps as messages.

Peter Barber joined the British Library in 1975 and worked in the Department of Manuscripts until 1987 when he transferred, as Deputy Map Librarian, to the Map Library. He became Head of Cartographic and Topographic Materials in that section in 2001 and in that capacity is the chair of the umbrella group of map curators in the UK and Ireland. Peter Barber has published widely on the history of cartography and has curated numerous British Library exhibitions, includingMagnificent Maps, to date the most-visited British Library exhibition.

Francis Herbert's working career - after libraries in the BBC and The City University - ended with 35 years' service in the Map Room of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He has been Research Editor for two map-related magazines; has published articles from original research, most often based on materials in the RGS-IBG's Map Collection, Library, Archives and Picture Library but supplemented by other collections in the UK and abroad; review articles; and, from 1976 to 2005, he compiled the annual international 'Bibliography' for Imago Mundi: the international journal for the history of cartography. He is a founder member (1998) of the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the RGS in 1997,became President of the Society for the History of Discoveries in 1997 (and Fellow in 2012) and became a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society in 1999.

Evening Programme:

  • 6.30pm Welcome (Professor Webley)
  • 6.35pm Introduction (Peter Barber)
  • 6.45pm Variations on a Persian Theme: maps as messages (Francis Herbert)
  • 7.10pm Dr Ala'i responds
  • 7.20 Q&A
  • 7.30pm Reception in the Brunei Suite

Chair: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS

Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies and the Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF)

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