Measuring the Urban Space: GIS Infrastructure and the Research on Early Modern Town in the Low Countries

Until the end of the eighteenth century, the Low Countries were the most urbanised region of Europe. Between 1500 and 1800, up to a quarter of the people in the area lived in a city. To grasp the experiences of its inhabitants it is necessary to understand the urban environment they inhabited. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) offer a wide range of possibilities for historical research on cities. It allows researchers to literally map and measure early modern urban life.


Various Dutch and Flemish historians are investigating the historical urban environment in both individual and collaborative GIS projects. During the annual Day of Research of the Flemish-Dutch Society for Early Modern History (VNVNG), researchers present the most interesting and inspiring projects like Gistorical Antwerpen and the digital restoration of the ‘giant map’ of Dordrecht.


For programme and registration, please see the VNVNG website. Please note that the event will be in Dutch.