Competition to celebrate 226 years of OS

Today marks 226 years since Ordnance Survey was founded. In the late 1700s the government at the time ordered its defence ministry – the Board of Ordnance – to begin a survey of England’s vulnerable southern coasts, worried that the French Revolution might sweep across the English Channel. In June 1791, the Board purchased a new Ramsden theodolite, and this is seen as the foundation of our organisation.

We’re marking the occasion by giving you the chance to win a limited edition OS print. Artist Bradley Hutchings paid tribute to the graphic artists of our past with a signed limited edition print, digitally created and inspired by iconic British landscapes. For many people, it is the historic Ellis Martin hand-drawn map covers that grab the imagination. Bradley has paid tribute to this era with his limited edition print. Only 250 signed prints were made – and we’ve got 3 of them up for grabs. To enter, tell us which year OS will turn 230. Just post on the blog by midnight on Sunday 25 June. We’ll draw 3 winners at random from all of the correct answers.

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Win a limited edition OS print by artist Bradley Hutchings


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250 Responses

  1. Not sure if this is where I’m supposed to leave the answer to the question, the instructions aren’t really clear, but the answer to your question is 2021.
    The OS will turn 230 in the year 2021.

  2. 2021 and Happy Birthday.
    Love using your maps at work most days. The distant past and the present moment seem to come together in every grid square.

  3. Happy Birthday! OS will be a grand 230 years old in 2021! Massive thank you from all of us Mountaineers who have relied on your system for enjoyment, adventure, and safety!

  4. John D

    I think I know the answer based on recent responses.
    However I’ll take a punt at 21 June the year 2021.

  5. Rena Maguire

    2021… and I wonder what advances will be made by then, seeing as mapping, GIS, Lidar et al are all in the mix now! But a happy 226th anyway!

  6. Mike Hughes

    The OS will turn 230 years old in 2021….and from memory l have probably bought over 230 maps from yourself!




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