The fascinating history of OS maps
Summary: Explore the history of OS maps at The Priest's House Museum
The Priest’s House Museum and Garden is hosting a display by John Evans (pictured) exploring the history of the local Ordnance Survey map. The display runs from 9 to 21 October.
The display will explore the black and white 1in series covering Wimborne and Dorset from 1790 onwards. It will cover the surveys, map developments, additions and revisions.
A series of colour maps from 1913 onwards were sold to the public. There was ground breaking experimentation in terms of colour and printing formats. However, the Ordnance Survey found itself in competition from Bartholomew, Stanford and the National Geographic Society, which were selling maps based on their surveys.
The processes and principles established for these Ordnance Survey maps formed the basis of map illustrating to the present Pathfinder and Explorer maps.
Wimborne maps will be used to show the development of the town.
John Evans will also be giving two illustrated talks to accompany the display on Monday 16 October and Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm. Places are limited. Contact the museum, tel: 01202 882533; or log on to www.priest-house.co.uk.