My regular readers will already know that I have a bit of a thing about maps. Some readers will also have heard about The Chimney Map, found by a man renovating a house in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Looking like nothing more than a bundle of tatty rags and scraps of paper when he found it in a chimney, he still had the presence of mind to bring it to the National Library of Scotland. There has been some speculation as to how it ended up where it was found. I am inclined to agree with the conservation staff who think it was stuffed up the chimney to keep out the cold draughts of a Scottish winter.
Today’s video is a look at the work of conservator Claire Thomson as she painstakingly pieces the map back together.
If you would like a little more information there is another longer video (11 minutes and 21 seconds) with clips from various staff members from the Scottish National Library discussing both the map itself and the history of the period when the map was made. You can find that here.
Perhaps you will look at a map just for pleasure this weekend, or even draw one to give someone else directions.