Aim of this section: The word "topography" is partly derived from the Greek word "topos" which refers to "place" and the term more generally to the science of physical features [of a planet]. I should say that the Landscape section sticks more rigidly to that definition than this Topo section - which is as much about recording aspects of social history of the people, places and organisations though the channel of a number of projects undertaken form the late '60's to date.

Is this really work?

I would like to think that a reader will get an idea of what it was like to work in different places and roles over the period from the late 1960's eg people are often interested the work of an Ordnance Survey surveyor. I have to confess that on several occasions, especially the 1970's as a topographic surveyor I found it hard to see my job as "work" - so much that somewhere around 1974 I did not believe I could top the kind of work I was doing at that time. I was may have been correct but I tried hard to prove myself wrong.

The Carneddau

Surveying in the mountains of Snowdonia (1974-5) as in the above photo .... or the Lake District (1975-76) ... enjoying fine summer days in places no one else would ever think of visiting part from the local farmer. It is the surveyor's job because every square metre of the topography needs to be updated. Walking the land you will be confronted with views to take your breath away and will witness the work of the rural community. Without effort the change of the seasons will enter your consciousness so that you feel the season change almost week by week. An office job will never (and did never) get anywhere near any of this.

So there is no doubt when I say I feel very privileged to have taken some opportunities, moved around Gt Britain and worked in some amazing places that make up the British Isles ( ..... and get paid for it). This also applies to my most recent (voluntary) work for English Heritage.

Without people - it would not be the same

I am also using this section to thank and recognise a small number of individuals who have provided support in some way, those who have inspired me or have opened up exciting developments through new ideas and experiences.

Perhaps most of all without the people, the work colleagues, the people who have provided accommodation, individuals in the local community and your family - without all of these people it would never have been the same. I have enjoyed working with you all - thank you!!


The main sections are Oldham Education Committee; Ordnance Survey and English Heritage.

I have also split out four other developments, although undertaken while at Ordnance Survey, but where I represented a wider community, they are: EuroSDR; Digital National Framework; INSPIRE and the UK Location Programme