Working with the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, Mapping Home (a strand of the Stay Home Stories Project) invites children/young people to map their home-spaces. The project aims to:
explore how children and young people (aged 7-16) understand, renegotiate and articulate meanings of home as a result of repeated lock downs;
encourage an engagement with changing sense of place and use hand drawn mapping as a tool for supporting children and young people in creating knowledge of their unique experiential expertise, inscribing their experiences of home on to paper.
We’ve been delighted to receive so many different types and styles of maps and we’d like to say thank you to the children and young people who’ve taken part so far. The following galleries share a selection of their maps which illustrate a range of emerging themes”
To get involved in the project please contact Jacqueline.Waldock@liverpool.ac.uk or visit the Mapping Home section of the website to access resources and instructions.
This gallery represents a cross section of the maps we have received so far from pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3. They highlight the variety of approaches taken and the creativity of responses we have received. From simple outlines of spaces to artistically and philosophically intricate representations of experience, every map has brought a personal and important aspect to the project.
The gallery has been divided in to three themes: Hybrid spaces, Boundaries and Spaces within Spaces.
Home has often been considered a way of separating inside and outside, however we now see how home overlaps with nature and the outside. The maps reveal how the outside spaces, whatever this is means to different homes/ households, become central to or overlap into the home space. Gardens, balconies, the sky, the park and trees have taken a leading role in many of the maps.
St George's British International School Rhine
Scarisbrick Hall School
Manchester Grammar School Juniors
In many of the maps we received so far, we see a destabilisation reflected in boundaries around, in or outside the home. COVID has led to boundaries at once being built and modified - places people can go, places they can’t- and the blurred boundaries – for example, between home, work, school.
British School of Milan
British School Muscat
Outwood Junior Academy
In many cases the lockdown resulted in a negotiation of home - a reconfiguring of space. In the maps we see young people asserting ownership over particular spaces, with annotations such as ‘my bedroom’, ‘my den’, ‘my special hiding space’. We have also seen a how the maps have expressed a shift in usage or function, with kitchen tables becoming school desks, garages becoming offices, gardens becoming the new spaces for geography and PE lessons.
Outwood Junior Academy Brumby
Doha College Qatar
Featured image: Submission from British School Milan
Our Map of the month is from British School Milan
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