Last chance to view restored historical maps at museum

Carrick Civic Centre.
Carrick Civic Centre.

Visitors to Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre on Saturday will have a last chance to view an exhibition of fully restored historical maps.

While on route to Minorca in 1712 to become Lieutenant-Governor of the then British-ruled island of Minorca, Richard Kane, who grew up in Carrick, was received at the Palace of Versailles, by Louis XIV.

The King gave Kane the beautifully detailed atlas ‘of the Terrestrial and Aquatic Globe’ and following extensive conservation, the actual maps can now be displayed for the first time.

The exhibition, titled ‘Mapping the World: Exploring the importance of Richard Kane and his Atlas’ runs until Saturday, January 14.

The maps form an atlas which was presented to Kane by Louis XIV. The museum purchased the atlas in 2001 and thanks to grant assistance from the Northern Ireland Museums Council, the maps within the atlas are on display for the first time.