University of Leicester alumna wins prestigious book award

Posted by de57 at Feb 20, 2013 11:10 AM |
Geography graduate co-authors history of mapping Scotland

University of Leicester graduate, Margaret Wilkes, has won the title of Scottish Research Book of the Year for her publication Scotland: Mapping the Nation.

Wilkes, who studied in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester, co-authored the award winning book with Chris Fleet and Charles WJ Withers.

The book, which looks at the way that maps reveal the nation’s history and how Scotland has been viewed differently over time, brings together many historic and unusual maps for the first time and includes:

A Soviet map of Greenock pinpointing factories and military installations

The first road maps from the 17th century

Temperance maps showing the location of public houses

Specially designed maps for blind people

The extensive tram network in Glasgow in the last century.

The award, made jointly by the Saltire Society and the National Library of Scotland, is given to books that add to the knowledge and understanding of Scotland and the Scots.

Scotland: Mapping the Nation is published by Birlinn in association with the National Library of Scotland (NLS).


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