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Reference Number: 18 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

House of Lords
Record Office

Person in charge: Mr. D. J. Johnson (Clerk of the Records)
Telephone: (020) 7219 3074 (direct)
Fax: (02) 7219 2570
Email: hlro@parliament.uk

Mon-Fri 0930-1700
Closed last 2 weeks in November No restrictions on access to maps, but a previously arranged appointment is preferable.

Content: Many thousands of maps and plans of projected canals, roads, bridges, docks, harbours, railways and other public works for parliamentary authorisation (1794 to date).

Publications include Guide to the Records of Parliament (M. F. Bond, HMSO, 1971).

Microfilm and electrostatic print facilities available.

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Reference Number: 19 - Last revised: 22/02/10, Edition 6.

The National Archives
Maps and Photographs Team
Advice and Records Knowledge Department
The National Archives

Person in charge: Ms Rose Mitchell (Senior Map Archivist)
Website: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Map web pages: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps

PLEASE NOTE: The Map and Large Document Reading Room is not run by the Maps and Photographs Team. Please consult the map web pages which contain much information about our holdings and links to our research guides, including a guide on how to search for maps using our online Catalogue at http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk . If this does not answer your query, please use the general enquiries contact form for The National Archives, at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/form/generalcontactform

Opening times: Tuesday and Thursday 0900-1900; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 0900-1700. Closed on Sundays, Mondays, public holidays and the Saturdays before bank holidays; please check the website for closure dates. Admission to the Map and Large Document Reading Room is by Reader's Ticket (proof of identity required – see website for current details, where you will also find other useful information for example on record copying and photography).

Content: The maps in The National Archives, like the other records it holds, have accrued in government departments or courts of law in the course of the activities of those bodies. The National Archives holds in the region of six million maps, from many parts of the world, from the 15th century onwards, which illustrate British colonial, military, naval, diplomatic and commercial interests overseas, as well as many aspects of domestic policy. Holdings include maps, plans, atlases, architectural drawings, sea charts and air photographs (among other photographs of places). Many maps selected for permanent preservation have been transferred to The National Archives in discrete map series, such as the map libraries of the Colonial Office, Foreign Office and War Office. The vast majority lie with the despatches, reports, registered files or other papers with which they were originally associated in the course of government business.

Access through the online Catalogue, by finding aids available in the reading rooms, and through publications. These include Maps and Plans in the Public Record Office (vol.1 - British Isles c.1410-1860; vol.2 - America and West Indies; vol.3 - Africa; vol.4 Europe and Turkey). Maps for Family and Local History, The National Archives Readers’ Guide no. 26, (The National Archives, 2004), Geraldine Beech and Rose Mitchell, gives general information on these subjects, and detailed guidance on the Tithe, Valuation Office and National Farm Surveys held at The National Archives.

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Reference Number: 20 - Last revised: 17/03/00, Edition 4.

English Heritage
GIS & Mapping Team
23 Saville Row

Contact: Alphena Gordon
Contact: David Gander
Telephone: 020 7973 3095
Telephone: 020 7973 3094
Fax: 020 7973 3132
Email: alphena.gordon@english-heritage.org.uk / david.gander@english-heritage.org.uk

The map collection is not open to the general public, but arrangements for consultation by bone fide researchers will be considered.

Content: A large collection of OS and other maps for England, including details of Scheduled Ancient Monuments and listed buildings for the whole of England. Scales ranging from 1:1,250 and 1:2,500 to 1:10,000.

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