To celebrate the launch of his new book The Globemakers – The Curious Story of an Ancient Craft, Peter Bellerby will be in conversation with Paul Cook, Conservator Emeritus at Royal Museums Greenwich, on Tuesday 19th September. Discover the work that goes into fabricating these stunning globes, and how the work taking place at Bellerby & Co. continues a long tradition of bespoke globes. 

After a successful career in television, Peter Bellerby was running a music venue-bowling alley in London, when he went on a search for a special globe for his father’s 80th birthday. Not finding what he wanted, he set about making a globe himself by hand, which was the start of an arduous and fantastic journey that led to the founding of his company in 2008. Bellerby & Co. have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade category twice, in 2018 and 2021. 

 The book take you through the journey of how to build a globe, or ‘earth apples’ as they were first known, and includes vignettes on history, art history, astronomy, as well as the day-to-day craftsmanship at the workshop itself. Using illustration, photography and narrative, this beautiful book is a fascinating celebration of globes, and the wonder of the world they encapsulate. The book will be available to purchase on the day.

Event Details

Location: National Maritime Museum, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre

Date and Times: Tuesday 19th September, 7-8pm

Prices: Free – Members Only

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