Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Digimap for Schools team has released two new features for the schools web mapping website: 1950s OS historic mapping and a text box tool.

  • 1950s mapping fills adds a mid-point time period between the already existing 1890s historical maps and current OS mapping. The 1950s mapping are perfect for comparing changes over time and exploring the landscape, urban areas, road network and other features of post-war Britain. You can choose whether to view 1890s, 1950s or mapping from today, and any combination of two maps.
  • The other new feature is the ability to add a text box to a map. Until now, users have only been able to add short text labels, which is restrictive when you want to write a longer piece of information to annotate a map.

Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography at King’s Ely (Junior) School, writes

"This new map layer offers scope for further historical comparisons of local areas, and the impact of more recent changes than the previous 1890s addition.

"I traced the railway network that used to pass through my village before Beeching's cuts, and looked for clues of the many farms that now lie beneath the urban sprawl of Milton Keynes. I traced the transformation of the Isle of Dogs, and the steady infill of housing in small villages.

"The new maps are the latest in the continued improvements that are being made to this essential tool for the Geography department."