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.

Canterbury Plains

I saw this example on a recent journey through Canterbury airport, New Zealand. As I wandered through the departure area I naturally thought the patterns on the carpet looked like a map then when you look at the vast expanse rolled out in front of you it becomes obvious it is a map. You are literally walking across a giant abstract map of the Canterbury Plains.

The purpose was to provide visitors to the area with a lasting taste of South Island that mirrored the spectacular views of the Southern Alps from the lounge itself. The carpet has been designed to show the patchwork agricultural shapes of the plains juxtaposed with the rising mountainscape. Satellite imagery was used to re-create the landscape and the carpet is actually a fair representation of the region from Ashburton across the Alps.

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.