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About the project

The Renaissance Globe Project was a partnership project in 2012 led by the Museum of the History of Science [1] with the Ashmolean Museum [2], the Museum of Oxford [3], and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History [4]. 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 [5].

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:

120713_129 [6]Venues and events

Schools [7]

Volunteers [8]

Full events listing [9]

Globes Exhibition [10]

Resources [11]


Project Evaluation

A full account and evaluation of the project is available as a pdf download:

Evaluation Report_RGP [12]

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