Illustrated map of Colchester Cemetery

Bespoke illustrated hand drawn map of Colchester Cemetery showing wildlife species living there by map illustrator Emma Metcalfe
Large format illustrated visitor map for A1 sign boards

Here is my new visitor map for Colchester Cemetery. The client required a bespoke map which would appeal to both casual visitors walking in the area and also those making a special trip to visit the grave of a loved one.

The map needed to be flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways – on large format A1 sign boards, as A4 visitor handouts and also on Colchester Borough Council’s website.

The large format version includes a small selection of many wildlife species that live in the cemetery, including Mutjac deer, woodpeckers, bats and owls.

hand drawn illustration black and white line map illustrated bespoke visitor orientation map of Colchester Cemetery
Smaller, simpler version of the illustrated map for A4 visitor handouts

My Tomb of Tutankhamun illustration has been translated into Catalan!

educational illustration for children of the ancient egyptian tomb of tutankhamun by illustrator emma metcalfe

This is quite exciting – my cutaway illustration of the tomb of Tutankhamun has been translated into Catalan and published in Petit Sapiens, a wonderful children’s history magazine published in Barcelona.

The tomb of Tutankhamun illustration illustration is available to license – please contact me with your requirements.

Illustrated map of 18th Century Worcester for children

hand-drawn colourful illustrated children's map for museum educational activity by illustrator Emma Metcalfe
Illustrated map to support educational museum workshops with primary school age children

Illustrated map to support educational museum workshops with primary school age children

Here’s a recently completed commission for the Museum of Royal Worcester, a lovely illustrated map to help children image what Worcester might have been like during the 18th century.

The map illustration is large format (reproduced as a 1m x 1m floor mat) and will be used as part of schools workshops at the museum, and highlights key landmarks, as well as conveying a general sense of place.

If you are interested in commissioning a hand-drawn illustrated map by Emma, please get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Castle Howard Explorer: New children’s illustrated trail


Castle Howard were one of my first ever clients, and remain one of my favourites. It’s a magical place, and the team always have lovely, creative ideas and a real sense of fun.

I normally design a new activity for Castle Howard’s children’s trail offering every year or two. This year it was a new page of nature activities based on the Walled Garden. I’m really keen on activities which encourage children to appreciate the natural world, so this was a lovely project.

All the various activities have been combined into a new ‘Castle Howard Explorer’ booklet with a new front cover.


Follow-the-footprints-brass-rubbing-woodland-trail-for-castle-howard-by-illustrator-emma-metcalfewild-in-the-walled-garden-illutrated-children's-garden-nature-activities-by-emma-metcalfe-for-castle-howardWhere's my home, match the baby animal to its home illustrated puzzle activitiy by emma metcalfe


Therapeutic Flashcards: Using animals to help children talk about their feelings

Illustration of a swan with its signets safely on its back, represents a feeling of safety

I recently enjoyed working on this series of illustrations depicting different emotions using animals. They are for a set of therapeutic ‘feelings cards’ to be used to help children talk about their thoughts and feelings in a fun and non-threatening way.

A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)



The cards are designed to complement a book by the same author, Dr Karen Treisman.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma


Museums and Heritage Show 2017: Another great show!

Children's illustrator Emma Metcalfe displaying bespoke artwork, illustrated children's guidebook and family trails
Illustrator and children’s trail and guidebook designer Emma Metcalfe at her stand at the 2017 Museums and Heritage Show

The Museums and Heritage Show seems to come around so quickly these days. I couldn’t believe it when I looked back through some old photos and found that 2017 would be my eighth year exhibiting at the show!

What I like best about the show is that it’s very friendly, with a real informal feel to it. As an independent ‘one-woman-band’ it’s all the more important for me to make those personal connections and for people to get to know me as well as my work.

Fellow stallholders are always friendly and supportive, and it’s nice to share cups of coffee and words of encouragement when it gets a bit late in the day and we’re all feeling a bit weary!

Now back at my desk, I’m keeping busy working on writing and illustrating Monks, Mischief and Marauders, my new children’s guidebook for Peterborough Cathedral to be launched in June this year.

Later in the year I’ll be exhibiting at the Museums Association Conference 2017 in Manchester. Come and say hello!