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Making maps with Queen Victoria

Map of Osborne Farm 1734

"paparazzi style" photos purported to show Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ...

As a part of Heritage100's outreach programme, Rob Turner from Future Creative ran a map-making workshop for groups of Year 9 children at Sandown Bay Academy on the Isle of Wight.

The workshop focused on historical maps of the area surrounding their school and related to one of our Heritage100 items, a map of Osborne Farm in 1734. Osborne House was later famously the home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

As inspiration, Rob Turner produced a painting of Osborne House and grounds from Google Earth, and Ursula Grey from the Gonville Community Group knitted figures of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. These can be seen in Rob's "paparazzi style" photos purported to show Queen Victoria and Prince Albert relaxing in the Osborne House Gardens, viewable via the link in the 'Gallery', along with some of the maps used in the workshop and images of children producing their own maps.




  • Rob Turner explained "We looked at 10 different maps of Sandown going back well over 100 years and more. We noticed how the town grew larger, how the railways changed the town and when the buildings on the school site were first built. We also looked at how different maps show different types of information, and how colour can indicate other useful information."
  • The Heritage100 team and the schoolchildren went on to draw their own maps which included a range of topics:

    Osborne House itself.
    A layout plan of one student's own house.
    A map of the Isle of Wight showing the location of the main towns.
    A map of the local street where one of the students lived.
    A map of the school for a new student starting school on their first day to help them find their way around.
    Rob Turner drew a map of his journey to the Isle of Wight which included the ferry crossing.
  • Rob Turner also commented "As a class group we talked about visiting Osborne House and it turns out the dad of one of the students had had a paper round there when he was young".


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