Since announcing the map return scheme a couple of weeks ago, we’ve had an overwhelming 9,000 maps returned (we only received 10,000 in total last time). They range from the pristine to the distinctly well-loved and used, and from only a couple of years old to as far back as the early 1900s.
Some of the older maps are beautiful to look at, both the cover designs and the interiors, with their different shading and information.
Stretched end to end, the maps would cover over a mile, so you can imagine just how much the boxes of maps are piling up in our head office. The team are busy sending out the Map Shop vouchers in return for the maps received, but they’re also working to reuse the returned maps as much as possible.
Reusing the maps
We can’t endorse the maps being used for navigating around Britain, as we always recommend using the latest maps to be safe in the outdoors. But – we can recommend using the maps to teach map reading and navigations skills and to use for practice. With this in mind, we’ve already send boxes out to some Scout groups and navigation classes for use in teaching.
If your Scout group or navigation class would like a box of maps, contact us. The boxes will contain a random selection of relatively recent and useable maps for teaching navigation skills. We can’t guarantee any particular areas will be included in the boxes.
We’ve also heard from people who like to use maps for art projects and other purposes. We’re more than happy to support this and see the maps being reused. If you would like a box of older maps to use in this way, contact us. As before, we can’t guarantee any particular areas, it will be a random selection of maps.
In both cases, maps boxes will be sent out on a first come, first serve basis.
Using your vouchers in the Map Shop
Don’t forget that if you’re buying new maps with your voucher, the OS Explorer range now comes with a mobile download included. The OS Landranger maps will be following suit later this month.
If you do have maps that you would like to return to us in exchange for a voucher to use in our Map Shop, there’s still plenty of time to get involved. The scheme is open until 20 March.