Havering Museum has turned to its volunteers to discover more about the collections. Keep following the Blog to discover more about the fascinating objects in the Museum.
Our Friday and Saturday Front of House volunteer Monica likes to know what captivates our visitors attention. One of the first things that does, is the John Chapman & Peter Andre 1777 Map of Essex situated in the museum reception area, just beside the entrance to the galleries.
It might not be the earliest map of Essex, but in terms of accuracy and sufficient coverage of milestone locations, it’s one of the most accurate early maps of the local area.
According to Monica, visitors are really fascinated by the map which illustrates the area we now know as Havering in the late 18th Century. She says, ‘visitors like to see if their road or address existed in that year.’ And even if it did not, there are plenty of familiar landmarks and names, not to mention clues as to the origins of name places today.