His­toric voy­age for Hol­land Map

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Sa­muel Hol­land’s map has now re­turned to Eng­land, its se­cond cross­ing of the At­lantic in the span of some 250 years. The first cross­ing was on a sail­ing ves­sel and the se­cond cross­ing was by way of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge, on to Hal­i­fax in high­way trans­port and then by air from Stan­field to Heathrow.

The map’s visit at­tracted much mer­ited at­ten­tion; from the Hol­land de­scen­dants far and wide, from lo­cal and na­tional me­dia, from var­i­ous au­thors and from it’s hang­ing in Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Gallery as a sig­nif­i­cant part of the 2014 cel­e­bra­tions. Many came, young and old, to say good­bye to the Hol­land Map in the Gallery on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Jan.3.

Many were in­volved in the map’s re­turn visit to the Is­land; of­fi­cials at the Na­tional Ar­chives of the United King­dom the Na­tional Mu­seum of His­tory, Li­brary and Ar­chives Canada and with much es­sen­tial fund­ing, the Govern­ment of Prince Ed­ward Is­land. It must have been an in­tri­cate bit of ar­rang­ing.

But, spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion must go to those closely in­volved with the map’s restora­tion, ar­range­ments for its trans­port, its hang­ing and its tak­ing down. First and fore­most to Lucy An­gus of the UKNA at Kew but also to our own pro­fes­sion­als at the Cen­tre Gallery, the P.E.I. Mu­seum and the P.E.I. Pub­lic Ar­chives and Records Of­fice.

In 1973, and de­spite the gen­er­ous of­fers of as­sis­tance from Basil Green­hill at the Mar­itime Mu­seum in Green­wich, of the map divi­sion of the then-Pub­lic Record Of­fice and of the diplo­matic courier flights of the Royal Air Force, I failed to in­ter­est the 1973 Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion in a loan of the Hol­land Map. I am glad now that I failed as Lucy An­gus’ work of restora­tion has been awe­some and it will be in the best of care. Doug Boy­lan, Char­lot­te­town

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