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March 8, 2013

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Up, up and away – see beautiful Britain from above!

One lucky custom made map maker is in for a treat with our new prize draw starting today!

Anyone buying a custom made map between now and 5 April will be entered into a prize draw to win an amazing Virgin Balloon flight for two*! custom made maps allow you to chose the cover image or upload your own, select the area covered by the map and choose the scale. They make a great gift and come either rolled or folded!

So, if you are up for some romance and adventure and want to explore Great Britain in a slightly different way, order your OS Explorer or S Landranger custom made map now!

Floating around, watching the world go by, is an unforgettable experience, both thrilling and serene. Then there’s the traditional champagne toast – well, it would be rude not too.

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Hear it from the Map Man

A packed lecture theatre for Nick's talk

Last Friday we were thrilled when Nick Crane, the Map Man himself, visited our head office and gave a series of talks to many of us. Although Nick is perhaps best known for his BBC2 series’ Coast and Map Man, Nick is also a well-known geographer, explorer and writer, known for several books, including Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe covering his 10,000 km solo journey from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul.

Nick had visited our previous head office some time ago, but this was his first trip to Explorer House and he enjoyed a tour of the building and insights into our cartography, surveying and photogrammetric teams amongst others. Nick was kind enough to spend two sessions talking to us over the lunch period and gave a throughly fascinating talk on some of his experiences – as well as sharing some fantastic pictures from his travels. 

We were pleased to hear that the humble Ordnance Survey map of Norfolk kick-started Nick’s geography adventures as he went exploring as a child, before heading off to university and tackling a degree in geography. This was the precurser to a whole series of challenges in Nick’s life from being the first to cycle to the mainland point furthest from the to walking the mountain watershed from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul, travelling with little more than a sleeping bag and an umbrella – to ward off dogs of course!

Nick’s intention to write an objective travel book led to walking the prime meridian 2 degrees west and we marvelled at the preparation involved in cutting Ordnance Survey maps into strips to follow the line across the country. It was whilst thinking about the mapping projection used, Mercator, that Nick realised there was no English-language biography of the great man, and so started a new challenge.

Having seen a series of pictures taken whilst filming the new series of Coast, we’ll all be eagerly watching and following Nick’s next set of adventures too.