Inside the Collection


Rolling map leads to 1906 Navman prototype

January 27, 2014

Debbie Rudder
Simple objects can take us on fascinating journeys into the past. This Roll-a Road caught my eye in our basement store because of its resonance with modern GPS navigation devices. It is about the same size as a Navman and served much the same purpose, but it was designed for manual operation, its format is portrait rather than landscape, and the user had to know where they were before they could start using it to guide them to their destination.

A fun map for Mercator’s 500th birthday

March 5, 2012

Debbie Rudder
This map, drawn according to Mercator’s principle in 1795, is part of a board game. Spin a number, embark on a virtual journey heading south-east from the Azores, experience success and setbacks, learn some geography, and perhaps win by being first to arrive in London, the city where Bowles Geographical Game of the World was created.

Conservator’s Corner: Caring for maps

July 14, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
One of the Museum's paper conservators, Dee McKillop, has been working on a set of navigation maps including one titled 'Montague Island to Beecroft Head'. The map collection has not been treated since it came into our collection some time ago.