Michael Blackburn's ART ZERO

OS Notes

This piece comprises a small cardboard box containing documentation relating to a contract I had with Ordnance Survey, running from November 1998 to the end of January 1999. The job required checking postal addresses in villages and rural areas throughout Lincolnshire (and to some extent Nottinghamshire) against buildings on maps, or, as my ID card described it, attaching a grid co-ordinate to every postal address in the real world.

The Box contains:

* a plastic, sealed identity card

* 7 blue sheets from a mini-personal organiser with handwritten notes and mileage details

* 16 pieces of scrap paper with handwritten working notes

* 5 OS Landranger 1:50,000 maps, covering the areas worked: 112 (Scunthorpe), 113 (Grimsby, Louth and Market Rasen), 120 (Mansfield, Worksop), 121 (Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent), 122 (Skegness). Pencil references in margins and grids hatchmarked

* 5 random photographs: Collingham, Unsuitable for Vehicles, View West From Lincoln Edge, The Horse Knows Something, Car In A Mist

Notes and photographs are held together with a small bulldog clip. All contents loosely held in a transparent plastic sleeve within a larger bubblewrap envelope and placed inside a cardboard box.

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