Layered Transparent Map

The Keep, a world-class centre for archives in Sussex, asked us to create A0-size multi-layered transparent set of Ordnance Survey maps. Which when they’re all lined up with each other, and viewed in sequence, show how the communities change over a number of years.

To create this large physical resource we started by printing the oldest map on a base layer on white matt PVC. We then bound them with two subsequent layers of more recent maps printed on 125 micron clear polyester. As the maps are on display to members of the public, the printing techniques and materials were chosen for their durability and they’re waterproof and cleanable qualities.

In the initial tendering process other printers were offering paper architectural plans and large scale format prints. We were chosen for engaging with the project and advising on the best way to exhibit the overlays.

The Keep uses the combined collections of East Sussex Record Office, Royal Pavilion and Museums Local History collection, and the University of Sussex special collection. They have brought together an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years, documenting the lives of individuals, places and events. The interactive printed graphics will really help staff and visitors to interpret the maps, detailing historical developments to local communities. As Lynn Tye, Community Heritage Learning Officer says, “The Print House Group was extremely attentive to our request, they helped us to create a durable outreach resource from our Ordnance Survey map collection.”