Ordnance Survey 1969-2011

Ordnance Survey

Making maps

Ordnance Survey is well known as a mapping organisation and it's paper products can be seen in any good bookstore. What is less well known is that the bulk of its activity has always revolved around the detailed "plans" it has prepared and published since the middle of the 19th century.

When I left home in Slattocks in March 1969 I was going off to join over 4,000 other people working on a vast project to survey, professionally draw and print the maps of Gt Britain. That number would exceed 5,000 before the year 1980.

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