Mapping the City

Map of London 1660 (WORK 30/6464)
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How and why does an area change over time?

This workshop introduces pupils to some of the maps from our vast collection. The aim of the workshop is to give pupils an understanding of how and why an area changes over time, and to help them consider that maps can be created for a number of different purposes.

Pupils are shown a selection of maps from our collection, all of which were created at different times for very different purposes. The education officer leads a discussion about these, before introducing the children to four very different maps of London (Tudor, Georgian, Regency and Victorian).

Working in groups, pupils are given the opportunity to ‘take a walk through time’ by studying each map in turn. They are asked to look out for different sites, such as places of entertainment, religion, and work, as well as to consider the style of the map and the purpose for which it was created. Each pupil has a workbook to fill in with the results of their investigation. At the end of the activity, the education officer guides a feedback session on what the pupils have discovered, and how we can account for and explain the different changes that have marked London over time.

This session is delivered as a workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 2

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