With the summer holidays underway, you may be one of many people who’s visiting museums across Great Britain with family and friends. There are a huge number of them dotted across the country, covering everything from science to dolls and natural history to trains.
Our team of 250 surveyors work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings (including museums), road networks, and the landscape across Great Britain.
We have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing museums across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
With the summer holidays starting, you will be one of many people thinking of places to take their children – and theme parks can often top the list! There are a surprising number of them dotted across the country, from the extremely well know such as Alton Towers, to much smaller specialised parks.
Our team of 250 surveyors work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings, road networks, theme parks and the landscape across Great Britain.
We have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing theme parks across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
For years secret military bases were ‘hidden’ from Ordnance Survey maps for fear of espionage and national security. In a similar vein, the internal layout of HM Prison facilities were omitted on the commercially available maps, only showing the outline of the area. But, with the arrival of readily available aerial imagery and web mapping, it was decided to reverse that policy.
See the example below of HMP Dartmoor in the early 1990s.
Although prisons weren’t displayed on our maps in the past, our surveyors and cartographers still needed to capture the detail of the buildings, as they do today. We have 250 surveyors and they work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings, road networks and the landscape across Great Britain.
Now that the map data is readily available, we have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing prisons across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
It’s that time of year when many children and parents (and teachers!) are looking towards the summer holidays. And while those spending time in a school will think they know it insider-out – would they recognise it on a map? Changes to school buildings form a part of the 5,000 changes a day Ordnance Survey capture as we maintain the master map of Great Britain.
We’ve also recently launched OS MasterMap Sites Layer, which provides customers with an easy way to identify an extent that includes all the real-world features that form part of the function of that school on a map. For example, the extent of a school is most commonly made up of buildings, playing fields and associated car parks. You can find out more about it here.
Some schools have been in use for a very long time and are also in historic buildings and popular locations, making them a little easier to spot. We’ve picked eight well-known public schools in Great Britain, using OS MasterMap. Can you name the schools? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the correct answers later.
There’s a twist to our usual ‘just for fun’ map extract quiz today as we celebrate the 2012-13 Premier League Champions. We have a 2012-13 season Manchester United football shirt personalised with O’Survey on the back to give away.
Wondering why we have an O’Survey Manchester United shirt? The club has used one of our OS OpenData products, OS VectorMap District on their website. They have released a video guide to Manchester and changed the colour of the mapping to match their kit colours. You can see the guide on their website if you are a member, or check the image below if not. As a thank you for using our data, they personalised a shirt for us – and we’d like to give it away to a football and mapping fan!
All you need to do is take a look at the map extracts below, featuring our OS MasterMap products, and tell us:
- the eight football clubs; and
- the link between them.
The Six Nations may have ended last month with victory for Wales, but the rugby season continues in earnest, as does the debate between rugby league and rugby union and which is best. While many rugby fans will recognise a picture of their local team’s stadium and be able to recite all the stats and facts and figures – would you recognise your local ground on a map?
Our team makes some 5,000 changes each day to the master map of Great Britain and thanks to the work of our 250 surveyors and an extensive aerial photography programme, significant changes are ‘on the map’ within six months of them appearing.
These changes would include rugby grounds, of course, and to many of our surveyors and cartographers, the birds-eye view would render them instantly recognisable. But what about you? We’ve got some OS MasterMap extracts below showing the rugby grounds of eight teams, both league and union – can you tell us which teams? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.
Earlier this year on the blog we were talking about how often we supply mapping to numerous television programmes and films being made in the UK. On the flip side, as we go about our daily business as the national mapping agency for Great Britain, we’re capturing the buildings that are used for filming many programmes and films as part of our data.
Would you recognise the locations of your favourite programmes on a map? We’ve pulled together eight mapping extracts featuring locations from six televisions programmes and two films. Can you tell us the name of the location or address being featured on the map and the name of the programme or film that it featured in? For example, you might recognise Chatsworth House on a map and know that it featured in Pride and Prejudice as Darcy’s house – and no, that isn’t one of the answers!
It’s getting to the time of year where the cricket grounds across the UK will be in use again, with some county games in action last weekend. I can’t pretend that this prospect fills me with joy, but I know there are many of you who will be champing at the bit to spend lazy days in cricket grounds across the country to watch the county and national teams.
You may well be most familiar with your local grounds where people can gather informally to watch. I’ve spent several sunny Sundays sprawled on the grass in front of the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest, watching local teams play. I’m certain I’d recognise that ground on the map, due to the distinctive hotel nearby.
Would you recognise cricket grounds from across the country on a map? That’s the theme for our mapping extract quiz this week. Let us know the names of the cricket grounds on our eight extracts and post your answers on the blog.
It’s time for one of our famous quizzes…this week, following recent media coverage of people not knowing how to read their maps, we’re testing your knowledge of map symbols. How well do you think you know the symbols that appear on our OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps? They are there to help you get the most out of your outdoor experience – whether it’s guiding you to the nearby campsite or helping you to the nearest public house if you need some refreshments on your outdoor adventure!
Of the 450 million features in our most detailed mapping database, some are more prone to change than others. For example, road layout, housing developments, industrial units – there are changes to these features in places across Great Britain on a daily basis. We aim to capture all major changes like this and have it in our database within six months of completion.
Some features are less likely to change – such as cathedrals. They have usually been around for a long period of time and will only see very minor changes to them, if anything at all.
Great Britain boasts some 56 cathedrals. Did you know that the classification of a church building as a cathedral is completely independent of its size, age, beauty or importance to the nation? The sole determinant of its status is whether or not the church contains the seat of a bishop.
We’ve gathered mapping extracts for eight of our nation’s cathedrals to test your GI knowledge this week. They look a little different to our usual OS MasterMap Topography Layer extracts. This week we’ve used our OS MasterMap Imagery Layer to highlight the cathedrals and then overlaid the usual OS MasterMap Topography layer to give it a similar feel to the usual quiz extracts. Let us know what you think. And see how many cathedrals you can recognise and post your answers on the blog.