In a scheme designed to encourage people to use up-to-date maps, Ordnance Survey has had almost 3,000 old paper maps returned.
Map trade-in - Great Britain in maps
The ‘old maps for new’ trade in entitles people to a voucher giving them money off the purchase of a new map. Depending on the number of maps returned, participants can receive a voucher up to the value of £20 to spend in the online map shop.
Nick Giles, Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure said:
“We have a team of 250 surveyors who make around 10,000 changes to our mapping database every single day. Our OS Explorer Maps and OS Landranger Maps are updated with new versions every 2 to 5 years depending on the area and a lot can change.
“We’ve been delighted with the number of old maps which have been returned as part of the trade in and hope that people are getting the message that it’s important to use an up-to-date map. Some of the maps returned have been almost one hundred years old, so we hope their owners weren’t using those to get active outdoors!”
The 3,000 maps returned have covered the length and breadth of the country, so Ordnance Survey created a map of Great Britain using the old maps to illustrate the sheer volume and range of maps. The highest volume of maps came from areas such as the Lake District and Highlands in Scotland, with the earliest being from 1919. There were a handful of maps from the interwar period and a surprising number of maps from 1950s and 60s. Some maps came back in pristine condition whereas others were badly drawn on, had the cover ripped off and had obviously been used well-loved and much used.
The scheme runs until 30 April 2014, so there is still time to send back your old map and get a voucher with money off the purchase of a new one through the Ordnance Survey online shop.
Old maps will be recycled and reused wherever possible to help teach navigation skills to young people, but the organisation is also open to creative ideas for their use. Please email them to email@example.com.