The earliest maps were simple representations of the landscape of ‘home’ scratched on to clay tablets. Several thousand years later, powerful satellites allow highly accurate maps to be made by anyone with access to a computer and an internet connection. The basic purposes of the map remain the same, however: to allow people to find their way from one point to another and to describe the features of a place.
Map literacy is an important skill and there is more than one way to read a map. Ireland from Maps introduces basic mapping concepts and terminology as well as exploring the subtext behind some of the most well known maps of Ireland.
Although the exhibition has broad appeal, it is of particular interest to primary and second-level students and has been specially written with them in mind.
The exhibition explores themes covered by the curriculum in:
Leaving Certificate Geography
Junior Certificate Geography
5th and 6th class SESE