Ordnance Survey exhibition opens in Southampton

Last night saw the preview of our new exhibition at Southampton’s Maritime Museum. We’ve been working with Southampton City Council to celebrate our 160 plus years in the city. Ordnance Survey In Southampton: Mapping Great Britain Since 1791 celebrates not only our long association with the city of Southampton, but also our recent move to our new head office at Adanac Park.

Some of the information now being exhibited.

Some of the information now being exhibited.

We were really pleased to be joined by a host of local VIPs for the official opening. These included The Mayor of Southampton Carol Cunio, the Chief Executives of Southampton City Council and Test Valley Borough Council. As the exhibition is celebrating our history, there were also two of our former Director Generals, Peter McMaster and David Rhind.

As well as a number of artifacts illustrating past surveying and cartographic techniques (more on that next week by the way) there is a mine of information on Ordnance Survey, past and present. Take the opportunity to discover more about our three homes in the city since transferring from the Tower of London is 1842 and how the Southampton Blitz affected us.

Sheriff of Southampton, Cllr Terry Matthews

Sheriff of Southampton, Cllr Terry Matthews

You can then catch up on the digital era and see how our mapping data is used by individuals and businesses today in many products and services, from satellite navigation systems to your shopping home deliveries.

If you’d like to drop in and have a look around, the exhibition is open to all visitors until Sunday 5 June. For details of opening times and ticket prices, visit the Southampton Maritime Museum website.

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