Are we there yet? Maps and map-making
Images from the Elizabeth
and Arthur Raistrick Map Collection and
Collections, J.B. Priestley Library, University of Bradford. The
images above are links to larger versions.
This month we highlight cartography, with descriptions for collections
and the papers of mapmakers.
Maps may of course be used for many purposes, from the sport of orienteering
to charting new colonies, and
maps for surveying outer space, and even clinical
charts for navigating inner space. There are also links to
Purdy (1773-1843): compiler of charts and navigational aids.
M. Ewart (1845-1898): original maps and facsimiles of printed and
manuscript maps of Ireland; Ewart was a Belfast linen merchant.
Goudie Chisolm (1850-1930): Secretary of the Royal Scottish Geographical
Society; author of a series of school geographies and a school atlas.
Bartholomew (1860-1920): cartographer who became manager of his
family's map-making firm in Edinburgh; one of the founders of the Royal
Scottish Geographical Society.
Walter Gregory (1864-1932): geologist and explorer; led an expedition
to the Highlands of Angola in the Spring of 1912.
Hedley (born 1872): president of the North of England Institute
of Mining and Mechanical Engineers; annotated Ordnance Survey maps,
mostly for County Durham and Northumberland.
Hinks (1873-1945): Royal Geographical Society lecturer in surveying
and cartography, and secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Aubrey Glennie (1889-1980): director, Survey Department of India.
William James (1891-1964): physicist for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic
Expedition (Weddell Sea, 1914-1916) who calculated the location of H.M.S.
Endurance when the ship was adrift on the ice.
Elizabeth and Arthur Raistrick Map Collection: Ordnance Survey maps
from the 1840s to the 1960s; manuscript maps, mainly of the Yorkshire
Dales; Arthur Raistrick (1896-1991) was a geographer and archaeologist.
- UK Perspectives:
aerial photography and mapping company.
- Collection of 17th century Portolano
Charts: between the 14th and 17th centuries, portolan (or
pilot-book) charts provided the main navigational aids between the seaports
of the world.
and harmonics: 17th-century treatises of geography, hydrography,
longitude and distance.
Map of South-East England: map of the road route between London
and Littlehampton, around 1800.
of North Wales: copies of the Ordnance Survey preparatory maps of
parts of north Wales created between 1816 and 1824.
maps of the north of England: large scale maps, mostly by the Ordnance
Survey, commissioned for municipal administrative purposes, 1817-1896.
of Quebec: map compiled in 1873 by Swiss priest and explorer Louis-François
Atlas of Modern Geography: atlas with annotations made by missionary
and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873).
of Africa: map drawn over by coloniser Cecil John Rhodes (1875-1908)
with projected railways and other means of communication.
Room Maps Collection: mainly Ordnance Survey maps of County Durham,
Northumberland, and Cumberland, 19th-20th centuries.
Geography Datasets: collected as part of the Great Britain Historical
Geographical Information System project, providing data on land ownership
and boundaries from the 13th-20th centuries.
Endurance Tracking Project: tracking the modern-day Endurance,
and a history of Shackleton's 1914-1915 expedition.
Survey: Britain's national mapping agency; Ordnance
Survey: Higher Education: digital mapping data for Higher Education
- Geograph British Isles:
aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information
for every square kilometre of the UK and Ireland.
- Royal Geographical Society:
learned society and professional body founded in 1830.
Orienteering Federation: orienteering is a sport involving navigation
with the use of maps at speed through unknown terrain; the Federation
was founded in 1967.
Cartographic Society: promoting the art and science of mapmaking.
in The National Archives: research guide to large quantities of
maps, both manuscript and printed, dating back to the 16th century (The
National Archives, London).
- Maps Reading
Room Reference Service: maps, atlases, and globes of all parts of
the world dating back to the 15th century (British Library, London)
- Map Library: one of
the world's largest collections (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh)
Map Collection: the largest collection in Wales, and one of the
largest in the Britain (National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)
- Antiquarian Map Collection:
includes Irish maps from the 16th century (Belfast Central Library,
- Great Britain
Historical Geographical Information System: Britain's localities
as they have changed over time (University of Portsmouth website)
- Gigateway: free
access to geospatial information in the U.K.
Collections: online maps and spatial data of Great Britain for U.K.
H.E. and F.E.
(including contemporary and historic Ordnance Survey and BGS
Geology collections) [website requires registration]
find details about geo-spatial datasets and related resources within
Great Britain tertiary education and beyond.
map search: search the catalogues of U.K.
university and national libraries
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