The Land of Heart’s Delight

LandOfHeartsDelight webpage

Time & Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Location: Rotary Gallery, Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Michael Layland
Tickets: $5 per Historical Society Member; $6 non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be reserved over the phone by calling 250-334-0686.

Author Michael Layland will introduce his new book The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island.

Maps move us, ground us, and open a window into the era in which they were produced. With the oldest known maps dating back twenty-five thousand years, it is evident they have long been part of our collective history. But who creates them, and why, is key to understanding how they are meant to be read.

Photo: Land Title and Survey Authority

Photo: Land Title and Survey Authority

Layland will discuss how studying the early maps of an area can bring insight into diverse aspects of its history, illustrating this by drawing on examples from some of the maps included in the book.

Since 1911, when the Vancouver Island Development League published a booklet titled The Land of Heart’s Delight to entice settlers from Britain, thousands have flocked to the island to visit, live, and seek work. Layland’s talk will touch on the history of this complex region and how these beautifully illustrated cartographies have shaped the Vancouver Island of today.

Michael Layland was born and educated in England and trained as an officer and map-maker in the Royal Engineers. He serves as the current president of the Friends of the BC Archives, is a former president of the Victoria Historical Society, and is on the committee of the Historical Map Society of BC. He is also a member of the Society for the History of Discoveries and the International Map Collectors’ Society.

His articles on explorers and exploration history have appeared in international encyclopedias, including eight entries in the two-volume The Oxford Companion to World Exploration. He also reviews books for British Columbia History magazine. Michael has lived in British Columbia for some thirty years, for the last twenty in Victoria.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. The Land of Heart’s Delight is a 240 page hardcover book produced by TouchWood Editions. It retails for $39.95 (plus tax).

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay. FMI: 250-334-0686.