After months of planning the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) joint conference finally took place this month. Through my new role as program chair to the BCS it’s my role to organise and deliver the conference. No pressure then. Paul Naylor, Carto Design team.
Called Mapping on the Edge, the event promised an inspirational collection of presentations and workshops, the annual BCS awards ceremony and a corporate members exhibition. As sponsors, we were bold in our presence at the exhibition, displaying OS Maps using our impressive collection of trig pillars.
Mapping the Edge 2016. Photo by Martin Lubikowski
Events got underway with a free full-day workshop hosted and sponsored by ESRI. The workshop, Better Mapping with ArcGIS was hosted by and Ken Field from ESRI with a focus on how to create high quality cartography within ArcGIS. Ken also looked at how to get the best out of ArcGIS Desktop and Online, as well as some of the new tool and technique offerings such as vector tiles and 3D.
Next weekend marks 50 years since England won the football World Cup. Held at Wembley Stadium on 30 July 1966, the team’s famous 4-2 victory over Germany saw them holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy.
Following England’s early and disappointing exit from this summer’s Euros, football fanatic Paul Naylor, a member of the OS cartography team that this year has already mapped Mars and created data visualisations of Britain’s most trodden paths, was faced with a sudden gap in his evenings. Paul and England’s loss is our gain, because he used this time to put together an interactive map celebrating England’s 1966 World Cup winning achievement. Click the links to watch highlights of the games, find out more about the grounds used in the tournament and, most importantly of all, learn about those English players who one glorious summer fifty years ago captured football’s greatest prize.
Alternatively, visit our Flickr page to see the image in more detail, or download a copy.
Update: Now available in the OS Shop
It’s been almost a year since we created a series of downloadable colouring-in maps, and we’re thrilled to be able to tell you that there’s a book of OS maps to colour being released this autumn. We teamed up with Laurence King Publishing to work on the new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain.
The book will take you on an immersive colouring-in journey around Great Britain, from the coasts and forests to our towns and countryside. Expect to see iconic cities, recognisable tourist spots and historical locations across England, Scotland and Wales via the 55 illustrations. The Great British Colouring Map also includes a stunning gatefold of London. We can’t wait to share it with you – it will be on shelves in October.
You may have heard us saying that there are over 500,000 routes in our OS Maps service…well, we’ve been analysing all of that data to look at which areas you most like to #GetOutside and explore. We’ve compiled a list of the 20 most popular grid squares in Britain, using 10 years of public routing data compiled in OS Maps and its predecessors.
When we started to analyse the 500,000 plus routes in our OS Maps service, it was no surprise to us that the Lake District would top the table as the nation’s favourite place to #GetOutside. But we were also interested in the urban walks that inspire exploration. Our Cartographic Designer, Charley Glynn, extracted all of the public route information and created a series of stunning data visualisations to showcase town and city route favourites.
We recently celebrated our 225th anniversary and shared with you two new maps created by our Cartographic Design team. Chris and Charley took inspiration from map styles in our history and used current OS data to recreate the look and feel. Charley chose a 1960s map of the Western Highlands of Scotland. We catch up with him to find out how he went about the challenge.
Last week we celebrated our 225th anniversary and shared with you two new maps created by our Cartographic Design team. Chris and Charley took inspiration from map styles in our history and used current OS data to recreate the look and feel. Chris chose early 19th century OS maps and decided to recreate the urban environment of London. We catch up with him to find out how he went about the challenge.
Tell us about the map era that you chose
Did you know we’re 225 years old today? On 21 June 1791, the Board of Ordnance purchased a Ramsden theodolite, now seen as the foundation of OS, to survey Britain and protect from a French invasion. Ten years later we published the first OS map of Kent and have continued to map the country and provide data for Great Britain (and beyond – did you see the Mars map?) ever since. What better way to celebrate than with two new maps, created in a historic style?
It will be no surprise that we love a book about cartography and maps through the ages and have enjoyed leafing through ‘The Mapmakers’ by John Noble Wilford, a Folio Society edition. His history of cartography presents the exploits of those great pioneers and adventurers who for millennia have been expanding our knowledge of who, and where, we are. He charts the progress of cartography from the silk maps of ancient China and the circular ‘T-O’ maps of the medieval world, right up to modern maps of the planets and the still unmapped mountains of the sea floor.
Throughout the ages new technology – compasses, sextants, theodolites, chronometers, aeroplanes, radar and satellites – have transformed the way we measure our surroundings, and explorers have constantly pushed the borders of the known world, filling in the blanks as they go. John’s book shows the impact of these cutting-edge technologies that have allowed cartographers to go from the edge of the known world to the deepest reaches of the universe.
Following on from yesterday’s feature on our Cartographic Design Consultant Charley Glynn, we wanted to share some recent examples of work from the Cartographic Design team.
Youth Hostel Association map
Working with the Youth Hostel Association we were asked to produce a large wall map that was to be used as part of a campaign to encourage people to explore the Dark and White Peaks.
The map would be simple and would need to depict 6 carefully selected walking, running and cycling routes and the terrain around them.
The image below is essentially work in progress as the finished product will see the image be used by the YHA to cut out the layers making up the terrain from wood. The routes will then be added using pins and string. We’re really looking forward to seeing it up on display.