The History of the Ordnance Survey Now Online

For the first time, two books covering the history of the Ordnance Survey are now available via the Ordnance Survey website. Both volumes have been published in a handy Flipbook style, making it easy for readers to find their way around the pages.

A History of the Ordnance Survey, edited by WA Seymour, first published in 1980, covers the history from the Ordnance Survey’s inception through to 1978.

Ordnance Survey: Map makers to Britain since 1791, by Tim Owen and Elaine Pilbeam, was originally published in 1992 and takes readers through the Ordnance Survey history up until 1991.

Interested parties can view the books on the History pages on the Ordnance Survey website –