A sense of plaice: The cartographic branding of English and French coastal towns in the Transmanche Region

Kent, A. J. and Vujakovic, P. (2014) A sense of plaice: The cartographic branding of English and French coastal towns in the Transmanche Region. In: 'Create, and Communicate’, British Cartographic Society, Annual Symposium, 2014, Winchester.

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Maps have long served a role in marketing products and places, as well as providing basic spatial
information. Some purely functional maps achieve iconic status as representative of a locality
(e.g. the London tube map), while others are deliberately designed to evoke a ‘sense of place’
and attract business or visitors.

‘Place branding’ has become increasingly important to towns and cities competing in a global
market place in what might be termed ‘a struggle for attention’. This is especially true for places
that have suffered the decline of certain industries and services. Maps can play an important role
in place marketing and (re)branding, first, by providing clear information about the services and
‘attractions’ and by evoking positive associations with a location, for example with its cultural

The Transmanche (cross-channel) Region of England and France has seen the widespread
decline of a number of its coastal towns, through the loss of port and harbour functions, including
defence, decline in fisheries, and the waning fortunes of its resorts. This coastal region contains
significant pockets of social deprivation and employment problems, with particularly serious
issues in once vibrant resort towns such as Margate, Folkestone and Calais.

This paper examines the denotative and connotative functions of visitor maps available in seaside
resorts within the Transmanche Region. The extent to which the maps ‘work’ to evoke an
affirmative ‘sense of place’ focuses on the three key heritage themes of this region: the fishing
industry, coastal defence and invasion, and former resort functions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography > GA0101 Cartography
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Prof Peter Vujakovic
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 09:09
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 15:21
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13374

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