Stretch your minds back to 2014 and you may remember we held a map trade-in scheme. All of you lovely map enthusiasts (and dare we say map hoarders for some of the hefty bundles we had returned…) sent back an amazing 10,601 maps. In return, our Map Shop sent out vouchers for money off any new map purchases. It was a phenomenal success and we’re running the scheme again.
We know that you outdoors enthusiasts can build up impressive collections of OS maps (did you see the chap on the Timeshift documentary last year with thousands of maps?), but it can mean that you’re not using the most up-to-date maps to get outside and explore Britain. So, up until 20 March, our Map Shop is offering you the chance to return your old maps and receive money off vouchers against new map purchases in return. Depending on the number of maps you return, you’ll receive a voucher up to the value of £15.
New look OS Landranger maps coming soon
Don’t forget that this time, you’ll be updating to the new maps which include a mobile download. All OS Explorer maps already include the iOS and Android compatible download of the map area, and the OS Landranger maps will be available with mobile download from 24 February. If you haven’t tried it out yet, the downloaded map lets you plot and store routes electronically with the map data stored locally and available regardless of whether your smart device has a signal or not. This makes it perfect for even the remotest of areas to use alongside your paper map.
What happens to the old maps?
The 10,601 maps returned in 2014 covered the length and breadth of Britain, with the earliest being from 1919 and a large number from the 1950s and 60s. The old maps were recycled and reused wherever possible to help teach navigation skills to young people, and some were even used for art projects. We’re open to creative ideas for their use, so please email ideas to email@example.com.
How do I return old maps?
The map return scheme runs until Sunday 20 March 2016. Find details on how to return maps here: www.os.uk/shop/map-trade-in.html