Historic map goes on display to all at Yorkshire Museum

Curator of natural science, Sarah King with the William Smith map at the Yorkshire Museum in York.  PIC: Tony Johnson
Curator of natural science, Sarah King with the William Smith map at the Yorkshire Museum in York. PIC: Tony Johnson
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The world’s first geological map, which underpinned the Industrial Revolution and helped discover a more accurate age of the planet, has gone on show, 200 years after its creation.

William “Strata” Smith, whose nephew, John Phillips, was the first keeper of the Yorkshire Museum, in York, made the geological map of England and Wales in 1815, which at the time was the most accurate depiction of the subterranean world ever made.

To mark its bicentenary the Yorkshire Museum will display the recently conserved map, which is 1.8m by 2.6m in size and the only copy on public show in the North.

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