* The British passport belonging to Kim Philby. Philby was one of Britain’s most notorious double agents, a reporter for The Times newspaper and a British Intelligence Officer. However, in 1963 it was discovered that Philby had been working as a double agent for the USSR as part of the Cambridge Five spy ring. The passport on display was issued in March 1933 and shows numerous single journey visas to Spain where he reported on the Spanish Civil War between 1937 and 1938.
* John Ogilby’s Britannia, volume the first (London, 1675). Written and designed by Ogilby, it contains 100 “strip maps” of the major road routes in England and Wales including mileage and alternative routes.
Other items on display include Edmond Halley's 1715 map predicting the path of a solar eclipse, and the travel documents of Leeds-born writer and MI6 agent Arthur Ransome, best known for his Swallows and Amazons series.
The exhibition also draws on the University’s significant Artists’ Books Collection, featuring Déirdre Kelly’s A walk past standing heads (2016) and A Venetian Brocade (2010) by Helen Douglas. Kelly’s work charts a walk up and down the stone balustrade staircase of Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in Venice while Douglas’ book, a digitally manipulated modern exploration of architectural detail, presents a rich visual narrative of Venice.
Shifting Borders: A Journey to the Centre of our World(s) runs from January 24 until December 21, 2023. Free entry.