The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary

Here we bring you the 4 part BBC series, The Beauty of Maps. Released almost a year ago the documentary takes us through the staggering four million map collection of the British Library in London.

Through the ages the story of the worlds landscape and population has been told through the creative and colorful use of maps. Often that tale has been destorted or idealized by the map maker, adding layers of history and revealing the society behind the maps making. Some examples are simply informational, the layout of streets and their names… others are highly beautiful, displaying a careful hand and creative mind. This is a story that will take you through time and around the world.

Medieval Maps Pt 1

Medieval Maps Pt 2

Medieval Maps Pt 3

City Maps Pt 1

City Maps Pt 2

City Maps Pt 3

Atlas Maps Pt 1

Atlas Maps Pt 2

Atlas Maps Pt 3

Cartoon Maps Pt 1

Cartoon Maps Pt 2

Cartoon Maps Pt 3

Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. Thanks so very much for posting this.
    Really wonderful.

  2. awesome! thanks!!

  3. Aashkasays:

    Since the youtube links are no longer working, is there any other place where one can view this? Thanks! Looking forward to watching the documentary

  4. Prester Johnsays:

    Sadly the links are now broken….. wish so much i could find them elsewhere….

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