Today we are surrounded by colour printed images - from the pages of magazines to the humble baked beans tin - but there was a time when such images were an expensive luxury, available only to a wealthy elite.
A new exhibition of maps at the Cambridge University Library tells the story of how European cartographers charted Australia. Timed to coincide with the centenary of Australia's foundation as a federal state, the exhibition begins with the early imaginary maps of the 16th century and ends in 1901, when the British colonies were united into a nation with a federal structure. The exhibition is being opened today (Monday 2 April, 2001) by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Michael L'Estrange.
A Cambridge graduate is at the heart of the battle to save the fragile ecology of the Galapagos Islands from the oil spill which threatens its future. Dr Robert Bensted-Smith is Director of the Charles Darwin Research Station(CDRS) on the Galapagos Islands. CDRS is the operative branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international, non-governmental, scientific, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Galapagos Islands since 1959.