Ortelius map of the Indo-Pacific 'Indiae Orientalis' c. 1571, from Professor Medcalf's private collection.

Ortelius map of the Indo-Pacific 'Indiae Orientalis' c. 1571, from Professor Medcalf's private collection.

New ideas from 'old' maps

Old-fashioned forms of mapmaking have been important to how nations interact, as Professor Rory Medcalf writes.

Old maps do much more than illuminate the past – they help us reimagine the present and the future.