How to make a biographical map to think or talk about a time in the past

Claire Stringer (Designer), Hazel Burke (Other), Penny Tinkler (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


Biographical maps use pictures, photos, and notes to take you back to a particular time in your life. You can make a map about your childhood home, your teenage years, a holiday, or moving to a new town.

Instead of trying to fit your memories onto a timeline, biographical maps hook your memories onto important places or journeys. So if you are making a map of your teenage years, you might include photos of your old school, downloaded images of school buses, notes about your favourite nightclub (and music) and so on.

You don't need any special equipment, just paper, pens and maybe some photos or pictures. You can make a map for your own pleasure, or to share with friends and families. Groups can make maps together.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Manchester, Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • biographical maps
  • biographical interviews
  • creative methods
  • qualitative methods


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