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Discovery map trails

We work closely with learning teams to create illustrated activity trails for children and families looking to explore and engage
with museum collections, heritage sites and visitor attractions.
• Bold designs, inspiring text and family-friendly illustrations bring stories of the past to life
• Interactive picture maps take families on a pathway of discovery through museum galleries and around outdoor sites
• Trails feature an exciting mix of activities to make finding out fun
• Imaginative, folded-paper formats for professional printing, self-printing or digital download
• Meaningful trail rewards including: character stickers, badges, souvenir postcards, colouring papercraft sheets
• We are happy to work with clients both near and far!

Fold-out activity trail booklets with picture maps

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage Pendennis Castle

Tudor and WWII gunners activity trail and family spotter's map
Pendennis Castle Through the Ages  English Heritage: Pendennis Castle

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Crossness Pumping Station

Victorian steam-powered sewage pumping station family trail with discovery map
Crossness Pumping Station Activity Trail  Crossness Engines Trust

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map St Albans Museum & Gallery
Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Reward Postcards St Albans Museum & Gallery

Local museum family trail with town heritage map, plus trail reward postcards
People and Places of St Albans' Past  St Albans Museums

"Working with Jane and Steph from Blackbird Publishing has been a wonderful experience. They are not simply designers and illustrators fulfilling our brief; they consistently bring their creativity and generosity to the table, sharing their thoughts and ideas honestly and constructively. This has ensured we have created new resources together that are meticulously detailed and truely thoughtful. Together we have entirely revamped and reworked our trails for schools and families at both museums in St Albans; in one case securing sponsorship thanks to the high calibre of the illustrations and copy writing. Long may our professional relationship and friendship continue!"

The Learning and Interpretation Officer  St Albans Museums

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Verulamium Museum

Roman museum activity trail and parkland map for schools and families
Discovering Roman Verulamium   St Albans Museums

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Wakefield Museums Pontefract Castle

Castle history family trail map with fill-in activities and outdoor games
Fortress, Palace, Prison and Pleasure Gardens  Wakefield Museums: Pontefract Castle

Blackbird Publishing York Castle Museum The Time-traveller's Activity Trail

Family trail exploring the history of York with an interactive map of Kirkgate, the famous Victorian street display
The Time-traveller's Activity Trail  York Castle Museum

Blackbird Publishing Basing House Schools activity trail and illustrated timeline

Tudor and Civil War history trail for schools with fill-in activities and story timeline
From Riches to Ruins  Hampshire Cultural Trust: Basing House

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage  Castle Acre Priory & Village

Medieval priory and castle activity trail with village map
Follow in the Footsteps of Medieval Monks  English Heritage: Castle Acre Priory

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map English Heritage Battle

Historic battlefield spotter's map and colouring activity trail
Battlefield 1066: Know the Normans & Spot the Saxons  English Heritage: Battle Abbey & Battlefield

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trail Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

Medieval fortress game booklet with clue map and badge rewards
 Story Scramble: Unrest at the Tower  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London

Commemorative logbook and explorer map for family visitors to the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation
Soldier's Small Book: Remembering the First World War  Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London

Interactive town heritage trails

Blackbird Publishing Historic England Heritage Schools Programme Bradford City Heritage Trail and Bradford Timeline

City heritage trail with interactive picture map and Bradford timeline for schools
Bradford City Heritage Trail & Bradford Through Time  Historic England Heritage Schools Programme

Blackbird Publishing Fold-out activity trail map  Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail

Family spotters' town heritage trail with fold-out picture map
The Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail  Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Town Trail Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map  Huddersfield Heritage Mile Trail

Family activity trail with interactive historical town-centre map
 Huddersfield Heritage Mile Trail  Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone

Blackbird Publishing Family Activity Trails Fold-out Booklet with Picture  Map Pontefact Market Place

Historic market place family spotters' town trail
Take a Stroll through Pontefract's Past  Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative

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