National Library Tour comes to McKechnie Institute in Girvan

 10 January 2020  |  


You Are Here exhibition at the McKechnie Institute

You Are Here exhibition at the McKechnie Institute

South Ayrshire residents can discover the history and composition of Scotland's maps with The National Library of Scotland's newest touring display, You Are Here.

The tour's next stop is the McKechnie Institute in Girvan and will open this Saturday, 11 January until 21 March 2020.

The exhibition features images of some of the millions of maps held at the National Library. This is an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Scotland's history and geography; thinking about maps in new ways and considering who made them and how they were made.

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure welcomed the tour to South Ayrshire.

He said, "We are thrilled that the National Library of Scotland is bringing the You Are Here tour to the McKechnie Institute in Girvan. It is fascinating to consider the history of Scotland's maps and what they reveal about who we are.

Visitors can anticipate detailed and exciting displays with interactive features as well as map tools, globes and curiosities".

Map Curator, Paula Williams said:

"Maps are everywhere – on our phones, in our cars and pockets, on bus stops and adverts, and lavishly decorating our walls – but how much do we really know about them?

I hope visitors to the display will delight in the images we're highlighting from our collections – we have some of the rarest, most beautiful maps in the world. 
Where there's a map, there's often a good story."

For more information on the McKechnie Institute, please visit our website: https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/galleries/mckechnie/