Tag Archives: Maps

The Great Lines Project/Blog

Since 2014 I have been chasing the history of a line. Contour lines on maps were first invented 400 years ago, or perhaps only 250; depending on whether isobaths (the submarine version) count. If you stay above ground then Newcastle … Continue reading

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Imagining an alternative: Blaydoon

The year is 1828 and Blaydon is on the brink of incredible change… a turnpike is planned but will the railway arrive before it? Starting from this moment – and pooling the collective imaginations of visiting families dropping-in to Blaydon … Continue reading

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Halloween – Cowgate

Highmoor Court is re-wired and redecorated, but the bat detectors were disengaged last Friday leading to a massive infestation. We had bat masks being created, a ‘wall of bats’ and a ‘pin-the-bat-on-the-road-accident’ map which was strangely popular – though priced … Continue reading

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Findings – Blaydon

I am enjoying how each journey reveals fresh historical nuggets, I always have an eye out for utility covers but, has anyone else spotted Smith Patterson bollards (replete with ‘Blaydon’ stamp)? This lovely example is on Tempest Street. Whilst not … Continue reading

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Shine a Light – Blaydon

I’ve recycled plastic bottles into many forms, but this is the first time I’ve fashioned them into tea-light holders. The premise of the Blaydon residency is using the library’s resources to ‘shine a light’ on the past. Liking literal interpretations, … Continue reading

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