At Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies, we have hundreds of maps of the county, the oldest one, which you can see below, was made while Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne.
Have a look at the way the towns, rivers and forests are shown. How accurate do you think it is? The Tudors were very keen on exploring, so map-making started to become more accurate from this point. If you’d like to find out more fun facts about maps, download the PDF sheet at the bottom of the page. A copy of this map can also be purchased at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies when we reopen.
Why not make your own town or county map using original map features from maps in Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies?
NB: This activity is suitable for children aged 7+ but will require an adult for supervision.
You will need white paper, scissors, and glue.
- See below the outline of a county map. Right-click on this and chose Print Picture from the drop-down menu.
- Now right click on the map features to cut and stick. Choose Print Picture from the drop-down menu.
- Cut around the map features and stick them to your chosen map
- Share pictures of your finished map with us on Twitter @HertsArchives with the hashtag #MarvellousMaps.
We look forward to seeing your creations!
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