Kate Wiles

A detail from a ‘balneological’ page from the Voynich Manuscript © akg-images

Despite recent claims, the Voynich Manuscript remains one of history’s biggest mysteries. 

Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

The landmarks of Victorian London, painted onto a fashionable leather glove.

An aerial view of a hydraulic system that pumped fresh water into the monastic complex.

A map of the Japanese city from the Edo period was one of the earliest produced for general use. 

An expedition route map produced by Stuart William Hughes Rawlins.

A map of the Jain universe.

Courtesy Library of Congress/Geography and Map Division.

An 18th-century map produced by Anna van Westerstee Beeck marks a pivotal moment in the histories of Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

A chart drawn on seal skin challenges our ideas of what constitutes a map.