Classroom Map
Highland Museum of Childhood

This map would likely have been displayed in a classroom to teach children about the geography of the Indian sub-continent. It gives us an insight into changes to the global political geography.  

Dating from 1900, the map shows ‘India, Burma and Ceylon’. Today, the same map would show Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (as well as Nepal and Bhutan in the north).   

A close-up in the lower right-hand corner shows Thailand and its earlier, colonial name, ‘Siam’. This indicates that the map dates from after Siam became Thailand in 1939, but before the partition of India in 1947. 

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Date: 1939-1947
Materials : Linen, Wood
Size : 100cm x 120cm

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