Our talented Craft Club created the fantastic Great British Craftography Map, and it’s currently up for auction to raise money for Solent Mind, our corporate charity. The crafty individuals recreated the Ordnance Survey National Grid into a 2.2m by 1.2m wall hanging with the 91 tiles showcasing 16 different craft techniques. Each tile represents a notable subject from the area covered – it could be a geographical feature, a well-known landmark, a local food, or even a craft or material associated with the area.
Just for fun, we have a #CraftographyMap quiz to test your knowledge of Britain. We’ve picked ten of the crafty tiles – can you tell us which areas of Britain they represent? Bonus points if you know the corresponding National Grid tile reference too…
Thousands of us will be off to Silverstone this weekend, or at least watching on TV as the British Grand Prix takes place. Silverstone is the current home of F1 in Britain, but Donington and Brands Hatch have also hosted races. There are number of other race tracks in Britain for motor-racing, motorcyles and even karting. Think you can name eight of them in our map quiz?
With the football season for 2014-15 drawing to a close, and the Premier League playing their final games this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time to test your knowledge of former football grounds.
We maintain over 460 million features in our database, tracking 10,000+ changes a day. Road layouts change, houses are demolished, new estates are built and new football grounds take root. Our surveyors track changes on foot, whilst our Flying Unit take to the skies to ensure we have as accurate a picture of changing Britain as we possibly can.
We all know that the UK is a fantastic place to go walking, but if you want the best view, you need to head up a mountain. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of mountains, so you really are spoilt for choice. It would take you some considerable time to explore them all.
How good is your knowledge of UK mountains though? Let’s put it to the test. Close Google and put your smartphone to one side, and answer the ten questions below. Let us know how well you did in the comments!
1. An easy one to start… What is the highest mountain in England?
- Ill Crag
- Scafell Pike
Did you know today is World Book Day 2015? The imagination is a powerful thing and there’s nothing like a good book to transport you away into another life, another place or even another world. Sometimes authors illustrate their literary locations with maps, showcasing the fantasy worlds they are creating, such as in The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. At other times, you’ll be reading a book and feel a little thrill as some local spot or well-loved holiday memory is brought alive as it is woven into the book you are reading.
In other cases, places or buildings actually become synonymous with a book or author. Who can visit Stratford-Upon-Avon without thinking of William Shakespeare? Or visit London’s Kings Cross Station without wondering if there’s a platform 9 3/4 (there is now), thanks to the phenomenon of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books? From Thomas Hardy’s Dorset to Jane Austen’s Bath, there are dozens if not hundreds of places around Britain that have a literary connection.
We’ve put together eight maps, using our OS VectorMap products, showing places that are connected with a book or author – can you names them all? We’ve started you off with an easy one…post your answers on the blog.
Over on our Facebook page and Twitter account we run a #ThrowbackThursday picture each week. It fascinates us, and it seems a lot of our followers, to look back at our historical maps, usually pre-1900, and compare the past and present. We’ll show nineteenth century sites, that if you were to visit them today, would have well-known landmarks on them. They can be anything from the Angel of the North to the Emirates Stadium (pictured right). Without fail, our followers can identify the modern sites, and we share an up-to-date map the next day to show how the area looks today.
While over a century has passed between the maps we share each #ThrowbackThursday, you don’t need to wait that long to spot changes on maps. Britain is constantly changing. We maintain over 460 million features in our database, tracking over 10,000 changes a day. Road layouts change, houses are demolished, new estates are built and new football grounds take root. Our surveyors track these changes on foot, whilst our Flying Unit take to the skies to ensure we have as accurate a picture of changing Britain as we possibly can.
Throughout the year we’ve published extracts of historical maps, many going back more than 100 years, on our Twitter feed. It’s fascinating to look at the old maps and see how much things have changes as roads and residential areas grow and previous landmarks, and countryside, often disappear.
We’ve been asking our followers if they can identify the well-known landmarks, sporting venues or places that now stand on the sites shown on the historical maps. How well do you think you can do? We’ve picked our ten favourites from the year to challenge you. Just click on each image to see it more clearly – and let us know how you get on:
Christmas is here – the time of year when the whole family get together and bragging rights are up for grabs in the family quiz! We’ve got loads of fun trivia quizzes and interactive games – so whether you want to test your own knowledge or see just how much your family knows about geography and maps, there’s a quiz here for you to try.
We thought it was about time to test your knowledge with a map symbols quiz. When you’re out and about using our well-known OS Landranger and OS Explorer Maps – do you know what all of the symbols mean? They’re there to give you valuable information about the environment you’re in.
Aside from highlighting tourist and leisure information, map symbols also provide vital information to let map readers know what to expect on the terrain they’re crossing. Information ranges from the kind of vegetation you can expect to encounter to detail on roads, public rights of way and even different rock features. If you would like to know more about map symbols, try the Simon King and Ordnance Survey video on understanding map symbols. It’s one of a series of short videos explaining the basics on using maps.
In the meantime though, have a go at our quiz and post your answers on the blog. We’ll be revealing the answers later…
Question 1: In which city is the Great Central Railway, the only place in the world where you can see full-size steam engines passing each other, located?