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The Inventor of Britain

Event date Event time Event location
29/10/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London, NW1 2DB

Find out more about Humphrey Llwyd, historian of Britain, promotor of Welsh culture and language, map maker and book collector.

Explore the work, life and legacy of Welsh historian and cartographer Humphrey Llwyd, whose maps and other works shaped the early modern vision of Britain, in a series of talks to mark the 450th anniversary of his death.

Llwyd’s influential maps and treatises helped shape contemporary perceptions of British and Welsh history and geography. He was the first to use the phrase ‘British Empire’, and his work was important for the early modern vision of ‘Britain’. This one-day symposium will explore all aspects of Llwyd’s varied life and legacy, with the opportunity to view some of his maps and books today in the British Library collections.

See the full programme (PDF) and the event webpage on the British Library website.

How to attend

The symposium is free but there are limited spaces, please book online at: www.bl.uk/boxoffice/showdetails.aspx?shcode=59512f31-8aaf-e811-80fe-005056b55014.


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