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December 28 2012

Old Spanish globe 'interactive aid'


A century-old globe filled with encyclopaedic illustrations and a working model of the Solar System may have been an early example of interactive education, experts believe.

The colourful 10-inch wide object, housed at Cambridge University's Whipple Museum, has been shrouded in mystery until now.

When, where and why it was made remained an unsolved puzzle. Now, a new investigation points to the globe being made in Spain in the first decade of the 20th century as an educational tool for children.

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