Two completely separate subject areas feature in my writing, navigation at sea and Cornish industrial history. However, both topic areas have a common inspiration in my past, a splendid piece of cartography, the ordnance survey one inch map of Dartmoor National Park. This short lived experiment in design brought to life the landscape of Dartmoor through a rich combination of colour, contours and shading that was pure inspiration to explore more.
And explore I did. I taught myself to navigate around its mist laden Tors, and navigation became my profession, a profession that led to the Really Handy Range of text books for kindle. I also explored the mysterious features to be found within the detail of the map; the rich industrial archaeological heritage that filled the valleys of Dartmoor. This exploration led to a fascination with industrial history, and mines in particular. Living west of the Tamar my interests migrated rapidly towards the amazing story of Cornish Mining in the Victorian era. So much to learn, so much to explore.
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