Calderdale Green Party submission to the Petitions Committee inquiry on grouse shooting

Calder Valley has been flooded four times in the last five years, partly due to unprecedented levels of rainfall, but partly due to land management practices on the moors above, as explained here.

By keeping the estates ready for grouse shooting, a vital flood defence is being lost, and no amount of walls and dredging downstream will be able to compensate.

If you live in the area, please contact your MP to try to end the practices of draining and burning and help the valley better cope when the next downpour comes.

Turning Calderdale Green

More people in Calder Valley signed Mark Avery’s petition to the government to ban driven grouse shooting, than in any other constituency.  Calderdale Green Party has sent a submission to the Petitions Committee inquiry on grouse shooting, to explain why.

If you live in Calder Valley, please let Craig Whittaker know that you expect him to attend the Parliamentary debate on the petition, and to stand up for his constituents. He has an open drop-in surgery in Hebden Bridge Methodist Church on Saturday 15th October, from 1.30pm. And there is Treesponsibility transport to London for the House of Commons debate on the petition on 18th October.

Labour MPs are starting to support a ban on driven grouse shooting.  If you live in Halifax and Holly Lynch is your MP, please use this info  about the Labour position on grouse shooting  and ask her to vote for a ban on grouse…

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Digitisation of Japanese Maps at the John Rylands Library

More from the excellent Rylands map collection.

Heritage Imaging Manchester

Digitised material is progressively being added to the Library’s imaging online collection – LUNA – It has grown to include another small but very important part of our Special Collections.

A number of Japanese Maps have recently been digitised with the support of the Library’s Digitisation Steering Group. The Japanese Collection, assembled by the 25th Earl of Crawford in the 1860s and 1870s and purchased by the John Rylands Library in 1901, is not large by international standards, but it contains a number of manuscripts and printed books of great interest and rarity. Amongst them are a number of 18th and 19th century maps together with topographical or geographical books and manuscripts.

Initiated by Erica Baffelli – Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Manchester – The aim behind this project was to select and digitise a number of maps and associated books and manuscripts of the Library’s Japanese Collection in…

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The Catawba Deerskin Map: A Rare Example of Native American Cartography

Continuing the Native American theme, here’s a map showing that sometimes people are more important than places.
Thanks to @globemakers for the tipoff!

Petros Jordan

This year I would like to explore more unusual methods of mapmaking by a more diverse group of creators.  Throughout history, maps by powerful nations and empires have proliferated, but maps by the less powerful actors, if they exist at all, are seldom seen.  In this way, we have come to see the world through the eyes of the conquerors, but almost never through the eyes of the conquered.

In the interest of opening our eyes to new perspectives, I want to share a unique Native American map I discovered while flipping through one of the map books I received for Christmas (yes, I got more than one).  This map was drawn up by a chieftain of the Catawba tribe that resided in what would become the Southeastern United States.  At the time of the map’s creation in 1721, though, this land was being colonized by the British.  The British settlements hugged the…

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