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Beyond Claret Country: Louis Larmat and the First National Wine Atlas
By Tim / 02/07/2020

New maps for new appellations: the story of the first national wine atlas

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The Man Who Sacked Harry Beck: Rethinking Harold Hutchison
By Tim / 11/05/2020

A deeper dive into the life and works of Harold F Hutchison, a London underground map designer mostly famous for sacking Harry Beck. We’ve done our share of Hutch-shaming over the years, so consider this a mea culpa…

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Mind The Gap! Underground mapmakers revealed…
By Tim / 04/05/2020

Let’s look at three names which appear on maps of the London underground: WE Soar, JC Betts, and EG Perman. These names are familiar but normally catalogued (by me and everyone else, including the Transport Museum) with surname and initials as given, without further elucidation. Who were they?

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How Can They This Blight Endure? William Wordsworth Objects to the Kendal & Windermere Railway
By Tim / 03/06/2019

This ‘Plan of the Kendal & Windermere Railway with the centre of the Lake District’ was published in Liverpool by the firm of Maclure, MacDonald & MacGregor circa 1850. The Lancaster & Carlisle Railway has been coloured blue, the Kendal & Windermere is shown in red. Thomas Hill of Kendal who is credited in the…

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Provenance-On-Sea: A Coastal Pilot’s Tale
By Tim / 07/05/2019

The atlas in front of me has quite a story. Published at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars, this is a British-produced pilot book. It’s a marine atlas with charts, coastal profiles and descriptive text, which in this case covers the French and Italian coastlines as far south as Naples. It belonged to the…

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‘Oh the blue of the Danube is greener than green’
By Tim / 13/04/2019

Allegory, symbolism and stunning colour in Blaeu’s map of the river

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Plaster Relief Map of Sussex…
By Tim / 13/04/2019

It’s not pizza, it’s a map.

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Playing with Maps: Taking a Tour Through Napoleonic Europe with the Dartons.
By Tim / 15/11/2018

A successful business built on strong values: it’s game night with the Dartons.

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Charles Pearson and the origins of the Met, the world’s first underground railway
By Tim / 04/09/2018

The London labyrinth and the origins of the Metropolitan Railway

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4-line Whip: A UERL Mapping Mystery
By Tim / 01/12/2017

Whip it good: colour-coding the Underground

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