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The Curious Story of an Ancient Craft: Globemaking

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Peter Bellerby is the founder of Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, the world’s only truly bespoke maker of globes. His team of skilled craftspeople make exquisite terrestrial, celestial, and planetary globes for customers around the world. The story began after his attempt to find a special globe for his father’s 80th birthday – failing to find anything suitable, he decided to make one himself, which took him on an extraordinary journey of rediscovering this forgotten craft. Bellerby & Co. has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade category twice, in 2018 and 2021, and The Globemakers is Bellerby’s first book. Join the Library Society in welcoming Peter state-side to discuss his historic craft, and his journey to its formation.


$10 – Members or $15 – General Admission

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the program, and wish to secure a signed copy (or copies!), please order HERE or call Buxton Books at (843) 723-1670.

About the Book:

The chapters of The Globemakers, by Peter Bellerby, take us through the journey of how to build a globe, or ‘earth apples’ as they were first known, and includes fascinating vignettes on history, art history, astronomy, and physics, as well as the day-to-day craftsmanship at the workshop itself. This beautiful book uses illustration, photography, and narrative to tell the story of our globe and the many different globes it has inspired.

About Peter Bellerby:

Peter Bellerby is a world-renowned globemaker and founder of artisan globemakers Bellerby & Co., the only truly bespoke makers of globes in the world. After a successful television career, in 2008 Peter began his search for a special globe for his father’s 80th birthday. Not finding what he wanted, he set about making a globe himself by hand, which was the start of an arduous and fantastic journey that led to the founding of his company in 2010. Bellerby & Co. Globemakers have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade category twice, in 2018 and 2021.


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Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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