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The big maps go on show!

My winter has consisted of some feverish stitching, to complete the two large-scale maps that were the focus of my ‘interactive exhibition’ at Navigation Warehouse last October. The Path Map, onto which visitors had been invited to add paper notes about their memories, needed to be embroidered with road names and symbols to show where orchards, woods and market gardens once stood. The Sail Map, which was being populated with names from the 1881 census, needed around 200 more of these stitch name labels to be added.

Despite many long days work, there is still more work to do. However, they are good enough to share and luckily Louth Navigation Trust has invited me to exhibit the maps at their exhibition, which opens on Wednesday 6 May 2015. This exhibition, which ┬áincludes a history of the Navigation Canal and more recent updates on the work of Louth Navigation Trust, runs at Louth Museum until 30 May. Museum opening hours are 10am – 4pm every Wednesday – Saturday. Click here to find out more about the show.

Work in progress - stitching road names onto the Path Map

Work in progress – stitching road names onto the Path Map

The Sail Map, on display at Louth Navigation Warehouse. Photo credit: Roger Taylor

The Sail Map, on display at Louth Navigation Warehouse. Photo credit: Roger Taylor

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Exhibition Open!

Mapping the Riverhead exhibition opened at 10am this morning, and I’m delighted that visitors descended on us as the doors opened! Already we’ve had people stitching names from the 1881 Census, to add to the Sail Map, and local people making notes to pin to the Path Map, which I will scan and print onto fabric so they can be stitched on later. The more the merrier of course, there’s lots of map to fill!

Visitors pinning their notes to the Path Map

Visitors pinning their notes to the Path Map

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