Ordnance Survey features on CBBC’s Blue Peter

A camera crew together with well-known TV presenter Helen Skelton recently visited Ordnance Survey to film a piece about the importance of maps for Blue Peter.

The team spent two days filming various areas which included the Flying Unit at East Midlands Airport, our Remote Sensing and Cartography departments, and a ground survey. Everything will be pieced together by Blue Peter to tell the story of how we capture the geographic information through to how it gets onto the map.

Helen Skelton filming for a Blue Peter piece on the importance of maps

Matthew Carlisle, from Remote Sensing at Ordnance Survey, said: “Having been brought up watching Blue Peter I was really happy to take part in the filming. It’s a well-respected TV programme, and it’s great that we got the opportunity to promote our work to a younger audience and show that there’s more to us than paper maps.

It’s not every day that you see a film crew at work – and it was an enjoyable experience!  It was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes whilst filming and I look forward to seeing how everything is pieced together and watching the end result.”

Staff across the organisation were extremely helpful in describing their work in a way which will be understandable to the younger audience. As with all TV, there were scores of people across a number of departments who have participated in one way or another, both in the lead up to filming and during the busy two days the team were with us.

The programme is scheduled to be aired on CBBC between 5.30 pm-6 pm today (Thursday 4 July). Tune in to see what Helen Skelton got up to with Ordnance Survey. Please note this is a live broadcast from Wimbledon and the programme could be subject to changes.

See more photos from behind the scenes of the filming on our Flickr page.

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