THE Royal Irish Academy has produced an amazing new digital atlas of Londonderry including layered maps and historical illustrations as well as this one (pictured) of the south side of St Columb’s Cathedral in 1688-9.
The atlas is based on Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 15 Londonderry by Avril Thomas, which was published in 2005.
Mayor Martin Reilly will officially launch the digital atlas at an event at the Tower Museum on Wednesday, 11 September. It will be fully available online at www.ria.ie/digitalatlasderry
He said: “This is a fantastic way to view early plans and maps of key streets and areas within the walled city.”
Dr Keith Lilley, Queen’s University Belfast, will demonstrate the digital atlas at the launch. Professor Attractra Ingram, Vice President, Royal Irish Academy, said: “The Digital atlas of Derry~Londonderry is a very useful case-study for the European historic towns atlas scheme because it presents for the first time maps and texts from the printed atlas in an interactive way.”
The launch corresponds with the CultureTECH 2013 festival and the 3rd Annual Digital Arts and Humanities Institute, at Magee.