Friday, 4 September 2015

OS on Timeshift

The Ordnance Survey is approaching a significant birthday, and a programme on its history will be shown next Wednesday: the 9th of September.
A few short clips are already available on the programme page to give a taster for the programme, which looks rather good.
Here's one of them:


For over 200 years, Ordnance Survey has mapped every square mile of the British Isles, capturing not just the contours and geography of our nation, but of our lives. Originally intended for military use, OS maps were used during wartime to help locate enemy positions. In peacetime, they helped people discover and explore the countryside.

Today, the large fold-out paper maps, used by generations of ramblers, scouts and weekend adventurers, represent just a small part of the OS output. As Ordnance Survey adjusts to the digital age, Timeshift looks back to tell the story of a quintessentially British institution.

A few years ago, I was involved in curating material for the Historiana website: a major EU project which ended up winning various awards. One of the galleries that I organised material for, was a special gallery on the history of the Ordnance Survey. I had contact with the
The materials that I curated are not yet on the site, which is a pity, but they provide a lot of detail on how the OS developed from its military origins.


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