Tuesday, 15 October 2013

17th Century Map On Display At The Cromwell Museum

A new exhibition at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon is currently featuring the first map drawn of the town.

The map was drawn in 1607 and it shows Huntingdon as Oliver Cromwell knew it. Town maps were an innovation in this country 400 years ago. At the time, John Speed was a pioneer map maker. The exact date on which he surveyed the town is known and the exhibition includes an image of his original drawing.

A group of volunteers, part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Wide Skies programme, have investigated the map, looking at how it was drawn and although John Speed worked quickly his map is accurate.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Councillor David Harty said "This will be the first time that the survey drawing has been seen in Huntingdon and the exhibition really does open a small window into the past. We’re pleased that volunteers have also been able to contribute to our understanding of the maps creation."

The exhibition runs from 14 October to 30 March 2014 and admission is free.

Copies of the map are available for sale at the Museum.