Monday, 21 January 2013
Missing From the Map: Bruce Gittings shares a Geography of Secret Places.
As part of the RSGS’s popular ‘Inspiring People’ talks programme, Bruce Gittings will be speaking in Aberdeen on February 4th about some of the interesting and intriguing information that is not shown on maps.
Bruce suggests that leaving significant details off the map was not just a feature of Soviet Russia, but is the case in 21st century Britain. Linking remarkable tales of wartime history with fieldwork in modern landscapes, maps and high resolution aerial imagery, he takes us to some lesser known features of places we may think we know.
Bruce has an extensive knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s places. He is one of the core team who contribute to the MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh and he created and maintains the web-based Gazetteer for Scotland, a vast encyclopaedia of Scotland’s geography, people and history, from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. The first comprehensive gazetteer produced for Scotland since 1885, it includes tourist attractions, industries and historical sites, together with histories of family names and clans, biographies of famous Scots and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland.
Bruce’s talk will take place on Monday 4th February at 7:30pm in the University of Aberdeen’s MacRobert Building, King’s College, Aberdeen, AB24 5UA. Tickets are £8 for adults, (redeemable if buying membership) and free for students, under 18s and for RSGS members. Tickets are available on the day from the venue. For more information about any RSGS talks this season please visit www.rsgs.org/events/