The indigenous map: native information, ethnographic object, artefact of encounter

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Geography

Abstract

The project seeks to document the extent of indigenous maps within the RGS-IBG collections; to consider the contexts of their acquisition, and their subsequent histories; and to explore their historical significance as sources of geographical information, as ethnographic objects and as artefacts of encounter.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Detailed research into the RGS Map Collection, discovery of new knowledge of Indigenous maps and mapping.
Exploitation Route Similar research on the theme of Indigenous maps in other other major collections in the UK and overseas.
Sectors Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Public lecture and summer school workshop, leading to greater knowledge and engagement with the collections.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Historical Geography Research Group Bursary
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation Historical Geography Research Group 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description Historical Geography Research Group Conference Grant
Amount £100 (GBP)
Organisation Historical Geography Research Group 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description Royal Historical Society Award for Research Outside the UK
Amount £600 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Historical Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description PhD Placement with RGS-IBG 
Organisation Royal Geographical Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Development of teaching resources for undergraduate students based on my research on the RGS-IBG collections
Collaborator Contribution Supervision and guidance, provision of a workplace
Impact Teaching resources, which will be available for download online.
Start Year 2019
 
Description PhD Placement with Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria 
Organisation Museum of Ethnology Vienna
Country Austria 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with curatorial tasks, conducted research for exhibition, co-wrote exhibition booklet, helped in the organisation of international conference.
Collaborator Contribution Supervision, workplace facilities, expertise, work experience
Impact Exhibition "The Colonial Thing" at Weltmuseum Wien.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Lecture as part of Be Inspired lecture series at RGS-IBG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a 40-minute lecture based on my research with the RGS-IBG map collection to an audience of about 90 people comprised of RGS members and the general public. The lecture was followed by questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Public Lecture on Indigenous Mapping, British Library, May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture, delivered with Huw Rowlands, on 'Wood and Water, Lines and Sand: Indigenous mapping', at the British Library, May 2018. The lecture was part of the public programme connected with the exhibition James Cook: The Voyages, and was attended by a large and diverse audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bl.uk/events/wood-and-water-lines-and-sand-indigenous-mapping
 
Description Short feature in Geographical Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I wrote two short articles for the Geographical Magazine about the RGS-IBG collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summer School Workshop on Indigenous Maps, Royal Geographical Society, June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on Indigenous Maps and Mapping for a University of London Summer School on Map History, led by Felix Driver and Joy Slappnig, held at the Royal Geographical Society, June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at International Conference on the History of Cartography in Amsterdam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a 20-minute presentation about a Tibetan map of Sikkim I'm researching for my thesis. After the presentation, I had some interesting discussions with some audience members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019