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Globe Makers

Key Stage: 3 and 4
Length: 1-2 hours (adaptable)
Maximum number: See Planning a visit

FF globe ws 12-05-26 011_webThis session introduces students to the history and invention of the terrestrial globe as a scientific instrument and how it inspired the Great Age of Exploration.

Students will discover how the most famous cosmographer of the 16th-century, Gerard Mercator, created the most accurate maps of the time using scientific methods.

They will discover the original method of globe-making and make a model of a terrestrial or celestial globe.

Students will gain insight into the development of new scientific concepts from a historical perspective and offers insights into how science works.

This session can be linked with a session at the University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, or the Ashmolean.


The Renaissance Globe Project includes resources for exploring globes in the collection and how to make a model globe.