Mitchell Library Reading Room temporarily closed Tuesday 12 December 2017. More info
- General Admission: $35.00
Price includes fees.
- Out of the vaults
Around the Globe
The claim that people in the medieval world believed that the earth was flat is perhaps one of the most persistent myths. The knowledge that the world was round had existed since Greek and Roman times. The depiction of the earth as a three-dimensional globe provides a realistic and tactile view of the physical layout of the world. The oldest known surviving globe dates back to 150 AD but production increased rapidly between around 1500 and 1900. These globes were not used as navigational tools but as a representation of contemporary knowledge. They were symbols of status and class, displayed in the homes of the rich merchants and traders, given as gifts to royalty and collected as objects of beauty. In the nineteenth century they became important tools for education and appeared in thousands of classrooms around the world.
Drinks and light refreshments included.