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Reference Number: 55 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Museum in Docklands Library and Archive
Unit C14
Poplar Business Park
10 Prestons Road
London
E14 9RL

Isle of Dogs (Full directions will be given when an appointment is made).
Person in charge: R.R. Aspinall (Librarian)
Telephone: (020) 7515 1162
Fax: (020) 7538 0209
Email: docklands@museum-london.org.uk

Closed to all but very urgent requests for access.
Prior appointment for all visits is essential. Children under the age of eleven are not admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Please ring for information and help.

Content: The collection belongs to the Port of London Authority and is now on long-term loan to the Museum of London. Day to day responsibility and access is in the hands of the Museum in Docklands Project (the Docklands wing of the Museum of London).

A specialist collection which comprises maps of the Port of London Authority area of jurisdiction over the River Thames, from Teddington to Margate Sands. Includes maps of the enclosed docks systems in London (1790s-1960s), some very large scale (i.e. on sheets measuring 20 feet by 36 inches); River Thames Wharf Charts; A few maps of the dock areas prior to their construction (ca.1790s); a few atlases of London; some 19th century OS maps of London; some Goad plans relating to the dock areas (mainly 1940s).

Some maps are indexed, others are being listed on computer.

Several hundred aerial photographs of the London enclosed docks, and of the Upper and Lower Pools of London (1930s-1970s); about 100 of the River Thames from Teddington to Sea Reach (post 1945).

A photocopier is available. Also a few photographic prints of certain maps, and photo-prints of all the aerial photographs.

Note: The Port of London Authority retains a collection of operational maps. However these are not available to the public.


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Reference Number: 56 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

National Army Museum
Department of Archives, Photographs, Film and Sound
Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4HT

Person in charge: Dr. P.B. Boyden (Head of Department)
Telephone: (020) 7730 0717 Ext. 2222
Fax: (020) 7823 673
Email: info@national_army_museum.ac.uk
Website

Tue-Sat 1000-1630
Closed Sats. before bank holidays.
Closed last two full weeks in October, and from Christmas to New Year.
Admittance by Reader's Ticket only (application forms from Department of Printed Books).

Content: Approx. 3,000 sheets. Printed and manuscript maps and plans, mostly post-1800, drawn or used by Army officers, or covering campaigns and battles. Chiefly of UK, France and Belgium (WW1 - Western Front), Crimea, India and Burma (especially WW11 Burma Campaign).

Photocopying and microfilming available.


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Reference Number: 57 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

National Maritime Museum
Hydrography Department
Maritime Resources
Centre for Maritime Research
Greenwich
London
SE10 9NP

Enquiries to: Maritime Resources, Centre for Maritime Research
Telephone: (020) 8858 4422 (direct)
Telephone: (020) 8858 4422 Ext 6757
Fax: (020) 8312 6632 or (020) 8312 6533

Mon-Fri 1000-1700 (summer 1800) - Library open 1000-1700
Sat 1000-1730 (summer 1800) - Library open 1000-1700 (by appointment only)
Sun 1400-1700 (summer 1730) Library closed on Sundays.

Please give a full day's prior notice if wishing to consult the collection.

Content: Circa 40,000 loose charts, 1,000 atlases and 230 globes. Sea charts from the 15th century to the present day. Cover is world-wide, and all maritime nations are represented up to the early 19th century. Includes the map collection of LORD GRENVILLE, Foreign Minister 1791-1801, and the HENRY NEWTON STEVENS COLLECTION OF ATLANTIC NEPTUNE, charts of North America.

Cover of British Admiralty charts is fairly substantial from 1800, more comprehensive from 1900, and an up-to-date set is available for reference.

There are no reprographic facilities, but commercial photography can be arranged. Also digital imagining.


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Reference Number: 53 - Last revised: 03/11/09, Edition 6

The Natural History Museum
Department of Library and Information Services
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Nearest underground station: South Kensington

Telephone: (020) 7942 5460
Email: library@nhm.ac.uk
Web-site: http://library.nhm.ac.uk

Mon-Fri 1000-1630

All welcome, free of charge. Prior appointment is essential (24 hours in advance).
Readers ticked issued on first visit against proof of identity.

Content: The collections are divided between three libraries. Geological and mineralogical maps are located in the Earth Sciences Library. Vegetation maps are in the Botany Library. The General Library contains topographical maps.

Topographical and geological maps world-wide, with some vegetation, mineral and soil maps. Mostly 20th century, but some 19th century. Includes a collection of early geological maps.

Self service photocopying available from all reading rooms.


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Reference Number: 58 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Royal Air Force Museum
Department of Research & Information Services
Grahame Park Way
Hendon
London
NW9 5LL

Person in charge: Mr. P.J.V. Elliott (Senior Keeper)
Telephone: (020 8205 2266 Ext. 250
Fax: (020) 8200 1751

Mon-Fri 1000-1700
Access by appointment only.

Content: Over 4,000 sheets, including aeronautical charts (from the First World War to date); target maps; trench maps; and site plans of RAE stations. Also gazetteers.

Photocopying available (to A3 size).


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Reference Number: 71 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Royal Automobile Club (RAC)
Library
89 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5H5

Person in charge: Mrs. J.B. Williamson (Librarian)
Ms. Moira O'Farrell (Assistant Librarian)
Telephone: (020) 7747 3398
Telephone: (020) 7747 3350
Fax: (020) 7451 9980
Telex: 8813741

Mon-Fri 0830-1730
Open to Club members, bona fide researchers, motoring historians. Prior appointment necessary for non-Members.

Content: Complete sets of RAC publications, including maps, atlases and gazetteers. Full set of standard OS maps. Sets of superseded RAC publications, including maps, touring guides, hotel guides, members' handbooks, etc. Some old travel guides, including Baedeker, Nagel and Michelin.


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Reference Number: 72 - Last revised: 22/06/07, Edition 5

Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AR

Foyle Reading Room
Telephone: (020) 7591 3044
Fax: (020) 7591 3001
Email: enquiries@rgs.org
http://www.rgs.org

Open: Mon-Fri 1000-1700

Content: The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) holds one of the largest private collections of maps and related material in the world. Books and periodical literature on cartography as a discipline are held by the Society's Library. There are over one million sheets of maps and charts, 3500 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on stands), and 1000 gazetteers comprising the core of the map collection's material. Emphasis since foundation in 1830 has been on the acquisition of scientifically surveyed maps and charts from official agencies at home and abroad: currently these include maps of Ordnance Survey [of Great Britain and of Northern Ireland] at scales of 1:25,000 and smaller, British Geological Survey, and of UK Hydrographic Office (all regular Admiralty Charts), geological surveys of Japan, the topographic series at 1:24,000 scale of the United States Geological Survey, 1:200,000 topographic atlases of Russia and of Ukraine, town plans and up-to-date administrative mapping of Russia etc. It includes printed items (on paper, vellum, and on cotton or silk) dating as far back as 1482, manuscript items from 1716 onwards, aerial photography from 1919, satellite imagery maps and CD-ROMs. Maps of radio emissions from Cassiopeia A, geology of the Moon, ice thickness in Antarctica, a navigational atlas for the Yenisey River, trekking maps for Nepal, an estate plan of land acquired for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and vegetation maps of Brazil are just a few samples of the types of material held. Also held are one of the most comprehensive collections of Survey of India mapping of southern Asia from 1827 onwards, large numbers of pre-Revolutionary Russian hydrographic charts, a sizeable amount of trench mapping from WW I, much of the cartographic & geographic output of [British] War Office's Geographical Section General Staff and its precursors from the 1870s, a large representative collection of German WWII mapping and associated reference material covering Europe, Near East, and North Africa, and probably the most complete topographic & geologic mapping collection of Directorate of Overseas Surveys (and its precursors & successors). Also to be found are a selection of carto-bibliographies, catalogues, and directories of both modern and antiquarian maps, and of map dealers and researchers.

Gazetteers, in various languages, of the world and of the British Isles from the eighteenth century onwards are held. These, together with facsimiles and current awareness publications, help to make this collection a major national and international resource for all forms of cartographic research. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M.C. Andrews (B in British Isles, Ireland, and portolan charts), received in 1934; Sir H.G. Fordham (post-road books, maps, and itineraries especially of British Isles and of France), received 1926-32; and G.B. Greenough (topographic maps of Europe etc., many annotated by him geologically), received in 1855. The date range of these printed items is from c.1570 to c.1855; there are published lists to the Fordham and Greenough Collections. The Map Room also has some archival, reference, working, and proof copies of materials from the firms of Laurie & Whittle, G. Philip, and E. Stanford (incorporating Arrowsmith firm) received from 1879 onwards.

Apart from an A3-format self-service photocopier, the facility of a large-format colour scanner and printer - in lieu of the former A0-format xerox copier - is now available by arrangement with Foyle Reading Room staff; the Society's Picture Library [http://images.rgs.org/] deals with photography, transparencies, and reproduction fees. A partial OPAC of former Map Room and Library holdings can be searched via www.rgs.org/collections much Picture Library material (including, e.g., portraits of cartographers and surveyors) is also to be found there; for Archives (i.e. correspondence with surveyors, map-makers, and map publishers ; and RGS internal records from 1830) access is through 'Access to Archives' [http://www.a2a.org.uk/].


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Reference Number: 60 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Archives
West Smithfield
London
EC1A 7BE

Person in charge: Archivist
Telephone: (020) 7601 8152 (direct)
Fax: (020) 7606 4790

Mon-Fri 1000-1700
Prior appointment essential.

Content: Circa 500 items (including 9 plan books). Maps and plans of St. Bartholomew's Hospital and its estates (17th-2Oth centuries). The estates were principally in the Home Counties and in London.

Typescript catalogue in the Archivist's Office.

Photography and photocopying facilities available. Loans to official exhibitions only.


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Reference Number: 59 - Last revised: Edition 4.

Science Museum
Science Museum Library
Imperial College Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 5NH

Enquiries to: Library - general
Telephone: (020) 7938 8234 (direct)
Fax: (020) 7938 8118
Telex: 21200 SCMLIB G

Mon-Sat 1000-1730
Prior appointment essential for consulting material held in pictorial and archival collections.

Content: Approx. 2,500 sheets (excluding OS and Geological Survey maps) and 100 atlases. General collection, with bias towards geological mapping. Some 18th and 19th century material, but mostly 20th century. However few maps now acquired. Various OS sets (some incomplete) including the 1:63,360 Old series (1844-60), and the 1:10,560 2nd edition (1890s-1914). Modern OS series at scales of 1:25,000 and 1:50,000.

Various Geological Survey sets (incomplete) including the 1:63,360 New Series (1871-1982) and the 1:10,560 for the later 19th century (1845-94).

Special collections include early railway and canal maps, mostly British. The ARCHIVES OF S. PEARSON AND SON include many maps of areas in which the company was involved, world-wide (a few in manuscript). The SIMMONS COLLECTION Includes many maps (mostly OS 1:63,360) annotated to show windmill and watermill sites.

Photocopying is available.

Note: The collection is in the course of being weeded, and a majority of the 20th century maps (other than British OS and Geological Survey) will eventually be disposed of.


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