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Map Curators Group > Workshop 2010 > Richard Oliver Paper Abstract

Richard Oliver
20th century Ordnance Survey paper map marginalia and metadata

This paper will explore the information outside the neatline on Ordnance Survey maps, both large and small scale. It will investigate how thorough and useful it is, both to contemporaries who use the maps as working documents, to historians who use them as primary sources, and to librarians and others who are responsible for curating them. The paper will investigate whether the information becomes more or less helpful to users over time: this is more than simply a head-count of the number pieces of information, and involves considering sources for the history of the map and its compilation that are often not hinted at on the map itself.

Author details
Richard Oliver was Research Fellow in the History of Cartography from 1989 to 2009, when he took early retirement. He continues as a Honorary Research Fellow. His main interest is in Ordnance Survey matters: he has collaborated with Professor Roger Kain on a number of projects, including tithe and enclosure mapping, and at present they are working on a study of pre-1900 urban mapping of Britain.

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