Oxford rare book walk

Jory Fleming sent us this sweet little hand drawn map for a rare book walk around Oxford colleges.

“Was given this hand drawn map done by the librarian at Wadham College, for a rare book tour some colleges put on.”

Is it wild? Well it’s hand-held and I can see some greenery in the background, so just about. And here is another view including Wadham College.

Attingham Hall

Jeremy Bolwell sent us this map of Wales

“This map of Wales dates from when Attingham Hall was a college, I think. I have always considered it a good idea to paper maps to walls – the scale needs to be right but it gives insights into the geography of the area or country displayed that you simply do not get when looking down on a map spread on a table top or similar.”

The picture first appeared on Geograph

Roman Bedford

Paul Hardy sent us this picture of a map of Roman Bedford

“Here’s another map in the wild. It’s in the centre of Bedford (UK), and the photo is taken looking down from the remains of the medieval castle mound. The map is of Bedford in Roman times. It would normally be surrounded by a lush green English lawn, but this was taken in what was the hottest, driest July for many years, which may explain the droopiness and lack of interest of passers-by”

For a little more info on Bedford Castle have a look at Wiki

A SplashMap in Peru

David Overton of SplashMaps sent us this pic of a splash map in use in the Peruvian jungle.

“Deep in the Peruvian rain forest the Norwegian military were in charge of navigation, using SplashMaps to navigate the Yaku river in particular while delivering aid and support to remote villages.”

I like the juxtaposition of the fabric map and the GPS or whatever is on this guy’s phone.

Sulawesi election hoarding

Ant Scott sent us this pic from a recent MapAction deployment

“I came across this one while out on a damage assessment visit yesterday for MapAction following the recent Sulawesi earthquake. I don’t remember seeing maps on election posters before, let alone with classes and a legend, showing (I believe) which seats this party is standing in. However the road the poster is on is actually closed now because a little further on, it (and many houses) was swept away by the soil liquefaction which followed the earthquake. Politics (and everything else) continues, but there’s a huge reconstruction job to be done following a disaster which has literally changed the landscape and claimed thousands of lives.”