How do you print the maps onto silk?
The short answer is… we don’t. All of our products are made from genuine escape and evade maps printed by the military in the 1940s and 1950s. We do not reprint or reproduce them in any way: you are buying a real piece of history. For more information on the history of the maps see our ‘escape and evade’ page.
Shouldn't these maps be in a museum?
Thousands of these maps were printed during WW2 and the Cold War and many museums such as the Imperial War Museum and the RAF Museums do have examples of the maps in their collections. The RAF Museum has endorsed us reusing the maps in this way by stocking our products in their shops. Many of the maps we find are damaged and we remake the usable parts into something new. We believe that by making the maps into something that people want in their homes we are keeping the story and history alive. There is a long history of the maps being reused after the War; in the 1940s clothing was still rationed and many people turned the maps that had been brought home into dresses, housecoats – and even swim suits!
Can you gift wrap my purchases?
All our products apart from our lampshades come gift boxed or gift wrapped as standard using recycled cardboard gift boxes and Jane Means ribbon. You will also receive information about the history and provenance of the maps with every item. We are trying to find suitable gift boxes for the lampshades so do contact us if this is important to you.
If your purchase is a gift and you would like us to send it directly to the recipient please let us know and we can hand write a personalised notecard to go with your purchase. Write your message in the comments box when you checkout.
Can I pick up an item in person?
We can arrange for items to be collected from any events or fairs that we are attending but unfortunately we are not able to welcome visitors to our studio at the present time.
What are the postage costs?
All our prices include delivery to mainland UK. For postage anywhere else in the world there is a flat fee of £10.
Can you ship overseas?
Yes, we can ship all over the world.
What is your returns policy?
We want you to be 100% delighted with your purchases and we will accept returns on all our in stock items and give a full refund if returned within 14 days. Please see our terms and conditions for full details.
For bespoke items we will only accept returns if the item is damaged or not as ordered. Again, please see our terms and conditions for full details.
If you have any specific questions about an item, please contact us before purchasing and we will be happy to help.
How soon will I receive my item?
We will post your items within 2 -3 working days of ordering via Royal Mail or standard Parcel Force. We have recently relocated to a very rural location and so are not doing a 'post run' every day. Packages will normally be posted on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Bespoke items will take a little longer and we will agree a time scale with you when you order. For example, it usually takes us 7 – 10 days to make a bespoke llampshade.
If you need your order sooner please contact us and we will do our best to post the item out next day. Contact us for a quote for next day delivery and we will see what we can do.
Any other questions?
If there is something you would like to know about a particular item or you would just like to say hello please get in touch, either by telephone or email. We appreciate that buying online isn't easy and we will always do our best to talk through any query however small.