Mapping local history: Exploring the past through maps, plans and ground survey

Mapping local history: Exploring the past through maps, plans and ground survey c. Anthony Pitt-Rivers

Thursday, May 12, 2016 to Thursday, June 30, 2016

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.
Cost:

£60 Members, £70 Non-Members

Mapping Course: Thursdays 12 May - 30 June. Morning sessions 10am - 1pm and afternoon sessions 2pm - 5pm

Those attending this course will gain knowledge of both the wide range of mapped information available and also the use to which historic and present maps can be put in order to gain information about a particular locality.

For centuries plans, maps and diagrams have been produced that either describe what is present on the ground, or what is present beneath the surface. These vary from historic maps of our countryside including Ordnance Survey information, towns, villages and cities to specific thematic maps of geology, land use and soil, to modern surveys derived from aerial information or geophysical surveys of hidden archaeology. 

The wide range of topography, geology and historic features, as well as the present built environments makes the Salisbury area an ideal place to discover the wealth of information to be found in maps and other survey data. Each session will be themed and will include subjects such as the layered landscape of Cranborne Chase, Amesbury, the nearby Ebble Valley settlements, and the unusual historic landscape around Old Sarum. Learning about Salisbury and its Close and surrounding settlements selects themes from its development – governance, secularisation and growth. 

The sessions will explore these themes through maps. We will learn about the physical growth and development of the City including graveyards and associated churches and chapels, the coming of the railway, the Second World War and development of suburbs in a context of agricultural trade, industrialisation, merchants and craftsmen up to the early modern period and beyond. Finally, the role of maps in the Lower Avon Valley and New Forest is explored. Those attending this course will gain knowledge of both the wide range of mapped information available and also the use to which historic and present maps can be put in order to gain information about a particular locality.

The list of sessions are:

12 May Amesbury, an Ancient Settlement (Meet at museum 10am)

Introductory lecture and briefing.

Morning visit: History Centre

Afternoon: walk around Amesbury area, OS and historical maps.

Leader Hadrian Cook

 

19 May Salisbury’s Outlying Settlements (Meet at museum 10am)

Morning: Ebble valley and Coombe Bisset.

Afternoon: Bishopstone, a poly-nucleated settlement. Geological and OS maps.

Leader Hadrian Cook

 

26 May Old Sarum Origins and History (Meet at museum 10am)

Morning visit: Archaeology of hillfort, and cathedral. A range of maps and plans from OS, museum and geophysical.

Leader Bill Moffat

Afternoon visit: Stratford sub Castle, Thomas "Diamond" Pitt and his family, their corrupt use of the landscape of a Rotten Borough. Relevant maps and plans.

Leader David Richards

 

2 June New Sarum Origins, History and Economic Might (Meet at museum 10am)

Morning: Close and City building stones. Geological maps.

Leader Steve Hannath

Afternoon: The development of Salisbury's land, trade and governance, mapping a medieval episcopal city's transition to secular modernity. Relevant maps and plans.

Leader David Richards

 

9 June. Worship, Death and Destruction.

(meet at museum 10am)

Morning: Death and Burial in Salisbury: Chapels, churches and burial sites. 

Leader Bill Moffat

Afternoon: WWII and the bombing of Salisbury. OS maps.

Leader Ken Smith

 

16 June Suburbanisation of Salisbury (Meet at Quaker Meeting House 10am)

Morning visit:  Wilton Road, Bemerton and railway.

Leader Ken Smith

Afternoon: Britford and the Harnhams. OS & historic maps.

Leader Hadrian Cook

 

23 June Mapping the New Forest (Meet at Fordingbridge car park 10am)

Morning: Fordingbridge – a Lower Avon Valley town.

Afternoon: New Forest and its margin at Abbotswell. Historic, land use and OS maps.

Leader Hadrian Cook

 

30 June Cranborne Chase: a Layered Landscape (Meet at museum 10am)

Morning: Introduction to Cranborne Chase.

Afternoon: tour of Bokerley Dyke and surrounding landscape. OS, plans and maps in museum collection.

Leader Adrian Green