How to make a biographical map for yourself or others

Hazel Burke, Penny Tinkler

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Biographical maps are a fun way to think and talk about the past. They are made using a combination of pictures, words and sometimes sounds to represents a particular time in a person’s life.

Usually, when we think about the past we think chronologically, trying to fit our memories onto a timeline in the correct order. With biographical mapping, you pick a time period or theme that interests you, and use important places and journeys as a starting point, hooking your memories onto these.

This 'How to' guide explains how to plan and make a biographical map. It should be useful for people who want to make their own map, and people who want to use biographical maps in their work with individuals and groups.
Original languageEnglish
Type'How to' guide, or leaflet
Media of outputText
PublisherUniversity of Manchester, Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


  • biographical mapping
  • Qualitative research
  • visual methods
  • girlhood
  • qualitative methods


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