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Preserving the evidence: the trials of an early modern map

August 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


When a map was first opened by the conservation team at The National Archives, out fell endless fragments of paper and began an investigation back to 1725.

Sonja Schwoll (The National Archives) and Susan Littledale take you behind the scenes of how conservation scientists rescued a map that lay at the heart of a seventy-year dispute and reveal more about the figure central to the court case, a Mr Samuel Travers.

Sonja Schwoll ACR is Senior Conversation Manager at The National Archives. Prior to this she was an independent book conservator and has taught book conservation at Camberwell College of Arts and West Dean College for over ten years.

Susan Littledale is a former producer for BBC Radio Four where she worked on daily news and current affairs programmes and is a Friend of The National Archives. Since retiring she has undertaken historical research on a variety of topics and recently published an article on Samuel Travers in Magna, the Friends’ magazine.

This talk is part of the Summer Lecture Series exploring the theme ‘Mapping and movement: people, place and power’, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society.

18:15 – 18:30 Arrival (the coffee bar and bookshop will be open)
18:30 – 19:15 Lecture
19:15 – 19:30 Q&A
19:30 – 20:30 Document display and networking
20:30 Close

The Summer Lecture Series is a programme of five lectures taking place across July and August exploring the theme ‘Mapping movement: people, place and power’. Each of the talks draws upon The National Archives’ rich collections and provides an opportunity to see the documents behind the research.


August 16, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew, TW9 4DU
020 8876 3444