The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Globe making

 

The making of globes, spheres covered with a map usually of the earth or the heavens.

 

Status Endangered
Craft category
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees  1 (see ‘Craftspeople currently known’ for further details)
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople  3 businesses

 

History

The earliest globes are known to date from 1492 but very few have survived, and it was in the early 16th century that printed globes were made.

There are several types of globe: terrestrial globes (showing the Earth), celestial globes (showing the skies), lunar globes (showing the moon), and planetary globes.

 

Techniques

There are a number of key skills involved including:

  • map-making to fit on curved surfaces
  • the construction of the ball itself
  • the construction of the stand for the larger globes

The traditional method of globe construction involved making a papier maché sphere and then covering it in plaster (although today, many globe makers outsource the spheres and have them made in resin/fibreglass or plastic).

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

 

Support organisations

 

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

 

References