This week is National Story Telling Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to show some examples of how stories can be brought to life using maps.

Our first story is that of Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle.  The Beagle sailed in December 1831 until its return in October 1836.  Charles Darwin was onboard and made notes on species which hinted at the fixity of species.  Upon his return he developed his theories on evolution through common descent and natural selection.  The map below brings to life the voyage that helped shape these theories.

We demonstrated how Digimap for Schools can be used to recount the story of an historic event. The historic event described was the sinking of HMS Iolaire near Stornoway on the 1st January 1919 with the loss of 205 local men returning from WWI, one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters during the 20th century.

The example below uses Digimap for Schools to map a timeline of the tragic events on the night of the sinking of HMS Iolaire.


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