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A new Route Map has been designed by Art Gene

Date uploaded: September 4, 2013

Map Publication Launch Party
Date: Wednesday 4th September 2013
Art Gene Gallery, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5TY

Join Art Gene to celebrate the publication of Seldom Seen Map: No.1 The Islands of Barrow, an artist-designed map which suggests a series of tour routes across the Islands of Barrow and illustrates their rich diversity through points of interest including Hidden Assets, Natural Wonders, Historical Sites and Industrial Heritage. There will also be a talk by author and historian Bryn Trescatheric and a tour of the Art Gene studios.

The route guide, Art Gene's latest cultural heritage project, was developed in partnership with Barrow Borough Council. The content of the map was generated through conversations with local people and historians, ecologists, archaeologists and others. Art Gene set about to uncover facts and hidden histories, presenting them in a map which they hope will delight and intrigue. The information and relationships which Art Gene developed and captured in the maps will underpin their future projects.

The map explores diverse hidden assets and histories of the Islands of Barrow which have been lived and loved for countless generations by the people of what is now the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. It details a series of tour routes with points of interest for the Walker, Cyclist and Motorist to enjoy over an afternoon or a longer stay.

It introduces the history of the Islands of Barrow evidencing ancient landscapes, prehistoric settlement, the medieval period and the islands' importance as a place of production and trade for the monks at Furness Abbey, and the Castle they built on Piel Island to protect their interests as the second most powerful Cistercian Abbey in Britain.

The Islands of Barrow map will be available to buy on the evening and is also available at Barrow Dock Museum.

Free - all welcome - refreshments will be served.

No need to RSVP but if you have any questions or access requirements contact Katy McCormick at Art Gene: [email protected], 01229 825085.

Click here to visit Art Gene's website and to download free PDFs of the map..