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Historic maps now online covering all of England and Wales

Detailed maps that offer a fascinating glimpse into how every area of England and Wales developed from Victorian times to the 1950s are now available free online.


The six-inch to the mile series of Ordnance Survey maps show how towns and cities have spread into the countryside and how the road and rail network developed. Individual buildings and streets can be identified clearly and smaller features can be seen including post boxes, bollards on quaysides and mile posts. The maps can be viewed over time for each place of interest.

The maps also show all place names recorded by Ordnance Survey, including all street names in towns, and all smaller farms, hamlets and villages. The website allows viewers to zoom on the maps to pick out the detail they are interested in.

The maps were surveyed for the whole country twice — first between 1842-1893 and then between 1891-1914. They were subsequently updated regularly for urban or rapidly changing areas from 1914 to the 1940s. The result is that, for many towns there are three to five editions of mapping between the 1840s and the 1950s.

They can be searched in a number of different ways, by place names, street names, post codes and grid references. They are also available via county lists.

Search and explore at

19 March 2014


National Librarian recruitment process is under way

The search is on to find the next National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland.

Following the retirement of Martyn Wade, who joined the Library in 2002, Perrett Laver is undertaking the recruitment process for his successor.

The new post-holder has a key role to play in meeting the challenges of harvesting digital information, and in making the changes appropriate to an organisation that is embarking on a new stage of its ambitious corporate strategy.

In an environment of rapid change and challenges, the job involves carrying forward with the Library's Board a new vision for the organisation, delivering its strategic and corporate objectives, and leading the Library's 270 staff.

For more information about the role and details about how to apply, please refer to the website of our advisers, quoting reference 1548.

14 March 2014


Board appointments announced

Men and women at staircase in Library building
The new Board members.
From left: Simon, Fiona, Adrienne, Sir Neil,
Dianne, Noreen, Melissa.

Today the Scottish Government announced seven appointments to the Board of the National Library of Scotland.

Collectively the new Board members have a background that includes industry, local and central government, private and public sector management, television, and the culture and heritage sectors. 

The new members are:

  • Noreen Adams
  • Dianne Haley
  • Simon Learoyd
  • Sir Neil McIntosh
  • Fiona Robertson
  • Adrienne Scullion
  • Melissa Terras.

The Chair of the Board, James Boyle, said: 'I am very pleased to welcome these talented new Board members who will help lead the future development of one of the country's great cultural institutions.'

Read more in our Board appointments press release.

21 February 2014

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