Claudia Schmid has drawn figures including the Roman senator Brutus of Troy, after whom Britain is named and who is said to have visited Totnes and defeated the giant Magog, who also features in the map. Here too is Erica the robot, descendant of Britain’s first robot Eric who was made in Totnes in 1928. “We wanted it to be more than will recognise,” says Georgina Allen, a town councillor and former museum education officer who has led the map project for the Heritage Trust. Local butcher Christopher McCabe is battering his way out of his freezer with a black pudding, Extinction Rebellion protesters are lying down in the Market Place, Sammy the Totnes seal swims around the ferry from Dartmouth. The current version of the map is on linoleum. A stone version will follow, after the map has been exhibited for two years and more stories of Totnes are gathered from local people. There is a touch screen display with an interactive version of the map and photos from the Totnes Image Bank. ◆ Mapping out town’s history Totnes is portrayed in miniature on a new ﬂoor map, part of a major restoration project at St Mary’s Church. STU LAMBERT investigates TOTNES TOWN MAP TH E A RTISTS SPE A K Anna Ventura, main map artist: “Developing the Totnes map was a challenge I was happy to accept. I developed a style inspired by medieval drawings: laying the houses ﬂat on their back, so all detail would be as clear as possible. The biggest challenge was to be accurate, which took a lot of observation and time.” Claudia Schmid, map border artist: “I took inspiration from local images and stories and from my own imagination. It has been wonderful for me as a local artist to be able to create a long-lasting piece of art for our magnificent Church of St.Mary’s.” Georgina Allen led the map project for the Heritage Trust The current version of the map is on linoleum ABOVE: The new ﬂoor map is laid into place just a map of the physical town; we wanted a story of the town at present, heritage that is lived in, so we have included stories and characters that local residents ‘We wanted a story of the town at present, heritage that is lived in, so we have included stories and characters that local residents will recognise’
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