North Lincolnshire Museum | On The Map | Colours Beneath Your Feet

Colours Beneath Your Feet, tells the story of William ‘Strata’ Smith, who created the first detailed geological map of England, Wales and parts of Scotland.

The centrepiece will be an 1815 copy of Smith’s beautiful, hand-coloured map of parts of the UK on loan from Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and the Larwood family.

The exhibition looks at Smith’s life and times, how he created the map and why he is remembered as the ‘Father of Geology’.

The piece is inspired by William Smith’s work creating the map and the museum’s collection of fossils.

You can view the exhibition online now at

North Lincolnshire Museum

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