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Mapping Science: Yorkshire, UK

In the latest in our series mapping scientific cities around the world, Tom Webb of Sheffield University asks his students to plot the scientific riches of Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK.

Yorkshire retains a strong cultural identity decades after it was subdivided into various subregions. Its cultural, industrial, natural and sporting heritage are widely appreciated, but it is also home to a number of prestigious scientific institutions. Tom Webb set his undergraduate tutees the task of mapping these, and this is what they’ve come up with – they study zoology, which may explain the bias towards life sciences. There are some geographical biases too – the big urban centres in South and West Yorkshire are better documented than the more rural North Yorkshire, York, and the East Riding. So please do fill in the gaps! (Thanks to Rory Galloway, Zoe Greenhill, Liz Harding, Rachel Haycock, John Hunt, and Eleanor Kirby-Green for doing the virtual legwork.)

View Science in Yorkshire in a larger map

For other cities: we’ve now built up a collection of maps. If you want to share the scientific wonders of your own city, speak up in the comments. These maps are easy to put together in Google Maps, but we’ll be happy to talk you through it if you’re new to the software. As well as providing a handy resource, you’ll no doubt find out a fact or two about the history and culture of your own city – never a bad thing.

Previous maps

And an index map showing all of these.


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    Bob O'Hara said:

     I’m amused that the Scarborough campus of Hull University is on the map, but not the Hull campus. And if other nature reserves are mentioned, Spurn Head/Point/Island (depending on tides) should rate a mention.

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    Laura Wheeler said:

    Good point Bob, we shall try put them both on there.  if anyone else has any other places we can map, just let us know. Thanks, L


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    Tom Webb said:

     Bob – the explanation is that I assigned different parts of Yorkshire to different groups, so North, West and South Yorkshire got covered, but no-one got around to doing Hull! (Likewise, I only stuck a couple of York things on afterwards, as York has its own administrative status, so fell outside the North Yorkshire remit.) Also, different pairs focused on different things, hence one or two nature reserves but not all of them (and certainly not all of the >1000 SSSIs!) However, Spurn Head is a good call, I’ll stick it on.

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