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Garden History for Continuing Education: Finding maps

A guide to finding information on Garden History and the Designed Landscape

Oxfordshire History Centre

The Oxfordshire History Centre has an extensive collection of printed maps and also provides digital mapping facilities

British History Online

British History Online  includes Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 and 1:2.500 Epoch 1 maps for Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Freely available.

Old Maps Online

 Old Maps Online is a portal to a number of digitised map collections. It is freely available

OS Open Data

Limited free services offered by Ordnance Survey

Bodleian Libraries map collections

The Bodleian Libraries have extensive printed map collections as well as excellent digital mapping facilities.

A good starting point for finding information about map collections is the guide 'Finding aids for Maps'. You may also find the Bodleian Library Map Room website useful

Digimap is a key resource for digital mapping and can be used with software such as MapInfo. If you have not used these tools before, you are advised to contact the Map Room staff. Also, please note that a Single Sign On is required, even if you are using a PC connected to the Oxford network.

Finding maps on SOLO

A specialised search is available on SOLO for maps. Click 'Map search' from the options to the right of the main SOLO search box.

Screenshot of SOLO map search

You can then do a basic keyword search, but if you select 'Advanced search' you can search by combinations of scale, place, publication date etc.

Screenshot of SOLO Advanced map search