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Map colouring in takes off

When I blogged last week about adult colouring in and made a selection of British city maps available for download to be coloured in – I didn’t expect to create such a stir! I’ve been thrilled to see so many of you eagerly printing the maps out and sharing your colouring in with me at OS. I’ve heard from geography teachers who are excited that their map geekery is becoming mainstream, students who are finding it the perfect break from their dissertations and map lovers across the world from Canada to Australia.

London seems to be the most popular map to colour in so far...thanks to the team at Snowflake, geography teacher Mr Hunt and the  map curator at Melbourne Uni for sharing their map colouring in efforts

London seems to be the most popular map to colour in so far…thanks to the team at Snowflake, geography teacher Mr Hunt and the map curator at Melbourne Uni for sharing their map colouring in efforts

Having been interviewed on the radio about the colouring in maps and been covered in the Mail Online and The Independent, amongst others – we’ve got a sense that some of you would like more maps to colour. Through the blog and the OS social media channel, dozens of you have made requests for towns and cities that you’d like to colour in, for National Parks and rural maps, for contour maps, historic maps and even a whole book of maps to colour in. We are making a note of all of the requests and will have a think about how best to accommodate you!

Cardiff

In the meantime, the maps that can be downloaded cover London, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Cardiff and Edinburgh. There are also maps of London and Southampton in the shape of the OS logo. Why those two cities? They’ve both been home to Ordnance Survey over the years. We started out at the Tower of London back in 1791 before moving to Southampton following a fire at the Tower. We’ve since had three head offices in Southampton – with our current home being visible on the map you can colour in.

Download and print the maps here. If you have more suggestions for areas you’d like to colour in – let us know on the blog.

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1 Response

  1. NeilM

    This is great… been trying to emulate the carto design in QGIS to make custom maps (VectorMap District / OpenMap Local) but just can’t get it to look as good… maybe the design team could provide some guidelines?
    Love it – thanks.

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