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Mapping Workshop


Ditchling Museum Workshop
Saturday 27th April 2019
10:30 to 4pm

This one day 'Create Your Own Map' workshop, which includes lunch and refreshments, will be held at Ditchling Museum, where the current exhibition is: Max Gill Wonderground Man.


Maps tell stories and are also able to capture a snapshot in time.

In this workshop you will create your own personal map, reacting to the local picturesque village of Ditchling (I’ve produced a map of Ditchling so have walked down many of its streets!) or if you would prefer to do some work beforehand, you can make a map of your own local area. This latter option will require some preparation before the workshop, more details regarding this will be sent out before the day; to those who have booked places.

We will look at a variety of maps, (including some I have made,) and consider the different ways and reasons maps are produced. We will think about the message that you would like to convey to the person who will be looking at your map, even if that is you.

You will be using a mixture of illustration, lettering, colour, collage and pattern on your map, or perhaps just a couple of these. You do not need to be an illustrator though, there are a number of techniques you can use to make your map exciting and informative, you will be given help and guidance throughout the process.

Within my own work I often use hand lettering, this adds another personal dimension to the work. You will also be shown some easy to follow lettering styles if you are not feeling confident to use your own script or would just like to use something different.

To finish the workshop we will then, using a traditional Turkish map folding technique, turn your flat map into a pop up book.

Looking at traditional maps as well as showing you the maps I have made, I will help you on your own journey to produce a unique and personal piece for you to take away with you at the end of the day.


Date: Saturday 27th April 2019

Time: 10:30 to 4pm

Address: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8SP

Cost: £70 + £2.70 online booking fee here

or £70 if you book by the phone 01273 844744.

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Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Ditchling is a small village with a large history. It’s beautiful setting at the base of Ditchling Beacon makes the village a good stopping point for a weekend away. If you would like to make a weekend of your trip to Ditchling, there is accommodation at The Bull pub and a number bed and breakfast (and of course airbnb) options.

You can reach the village by car where there is parking or you can arrive by train to Hassocks station which is a short taxi ride away, or a pleasant one and a half mile walk which takes about half an hour. 

Trains run directly from London’s Victoria Station and Brighton Station and Hassocks is also on the Thameslink line running from Bedford.

Or if you’re feeling so inclined, it’s a 15 hour walk from London (thanks Google Maps for that nugget of information).

Max Gill Exhibition

Macdonald (Max) Gill, the younger brother of Eric Gill, is celebrated in this fabulous exhibition of his maps. A well-known illustrator, letterer, map maker, architect and decorative artist in his time, his work had been almost forgotten. 

During the 1920s his work was noticed by London Underground’s Frank Pick who commissioned Max Gill to produce a number of maps of London, including Theatreland, Bus Services along with the well known Wonderground Map. His maps include architecture and technology but his humour is always present and brings a wonderful humanity to his work.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the price of the workshop and you will be able to walk around the exhibition during the course of the day and perhaps glean some inspiration...

Earlier Event: April 6
Society of Bookbinders Book Arts Day
Later Event: April 30
London Stationery Show