Map series reveal Scotland's changing places

Composite image of maps and satellite view
This 'transition' image illustrates map
and satellite layers for Currie,
Midlothian, in the 1880s (left), modern day
(centre) and 1950s (right).

Detailed maps of Scotland in the 1890s, 1940s and the 1950s have been scanned and added to the National Library of Scotland's online maps collection.

Showing features such as streets, buildings, rivers and roads, the maps allow web users to view the same place at different times in the past.

Google satellite and map overlays also help people compare how places have changed from Victorian times to the 21st century.

Now available are:

  • Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch to the mile, second edition, 1885-1900
  • Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, one-inch to the mile, 'Popular' edition (with National Grid), 1945-1948
  • Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain, ten mile to one-inch planning map series, 1944-1960
  • Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain, one-Inch to the mile, seventh series, 1952-1961.

These georeferenced maps result from a collaborative project between NLS and chartered environmental surveyors Wilbourn Associates.

Read more in the maps press release.

 

 

29 February 2012



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