Spring 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2013

Dear All

I hope some of you managed to get to the Mind the Map exhibition at the London Transport Museum last year.   I gather that it was a very successful exhibition from the LTM's point of view, and they certainly highlighted Max's contributions to London Underground maps.  Interestingly, this year is the centenary of the commissioning of The Wonderground Map, although it wasn't actually published until 1914.  It was Max's very first poster map.

There's more good news on the exhibition front.  The Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch is shortly showing - with the support of the London Transport Museum and University of Brighton - a small selection of Max's poster maps relating to the Underground, tea and the Post Office.  It runs from 28th March to 4th May.

If you're interested in coming to a talk (with masses of pictures!) about Max, then there are a couple to choose from.  The public are very welcome at the National Archives, Kew,  on June 20th, and the Letter Exchange talk at the Art Workers' Guild on November 19th.  Sorry, there are none scheduled for outside London - because I haven't been asked (but all requests will be considered!).  If you want more details about talks, then go to the Events page on the website:

www.macdonaldgill.com

Yes, at last I've managed to get a website dedicated to Max up and running.  It's taken a while, and there are still some tweaks to be made but it's more or less completed.  Do take a look, especially at the Gallery, where you may see things you've never seen before.

Before I finish, I want to give a word of warning .  An unscrupulous (in my view) ebay seller has been buying up all the copies of 'Colne Valley Cloth' (by Phyllis Bentley) he can lay his hands on, cutting out the folded colour maps, and then selling them on ebay.  Max would be absolutely horrified at such desecration!  If you do ever think of buying the book then do make sure that the copy you're buying still contains this map!  There must be many out there now which don't!

On a happier note, Shire Books are now publishing even more of Max's maps - the latest ones include Highways of Empire and Pratt's Map of European Aerodromes.  I think there are now seven in all.

I hope to see some of you during the year.  And do get in touch if you wish.

All the best

Caroline Walker