The Renaissance Globe Project was a partnership project in 2012 led by the Museum of the History of Science with the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Oxford, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The project was inspired by the 500th anniversary of the cosmographer and map-maker Gerard Mercator and was linked with a special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, The Renaissance in Astronomy: Books, Globes and Instruments of the 16th Century.
A team of community volunteers were involved in the co-creation of globe artefacts and a series of public events across the partner museums. This included a programme of workshops for schools and events for families and other audiences celebrating the invention of the printed globe and the original craft of globe-making. Public events included opportunities to take part in creating a series of giant themed-globes located at the partner museums, re-imagined through the experiences of visitors and their responses to the collections.
Find out more about the project by exploring the sections below:
A full account and evaluation of the project is available as a pdf download: