Art in the Archives

Have we lost the art of doodling? Now pretty much everything we ‘write’ is typed, even our drafts.

While reading documents here in the archives, my eyes keep on being drawn on many pages to scribbles in the margin; the code symbols used; the illustrated report divisions; hand scrawled maps, and above all the periodical flourishes of ‘calligraphised’ (is that a word?) handwriting – perhaps when the writer had a moment of creativity? Or when (s)he was just bored? In any case, I think they add to the texture of the documents giving them some sort of individuality (different handwriting and scribbles by different writers). Something which, as we furiously type today gets a bit lost!

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Section divider

Pencil sketch of the east of Mauritius (Flacq and Moka districts) showing sugar estates

Pencil sketch of the east of Mauritius (Flacq and Moka districts) showing sugar estates

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Indicator to another section in a report

Indicator to another section in a report

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Section divider

Letter heading art

Letter heading art

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A flourish of creativity...or a moment of boredom?

A flourish of creativity…or a moment of boredom?

Stylised Fiji

Stylised Fiji

Images taken from National Archives of Mauritius documents

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