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Reference Number: 439 - Last revised: 17/10/12, Edition 7

Department of Geography : The Sir Duncan Rice Library

University of Aberdeen
Department of Geography
Elphinstone Road
ABERDEEN
AB24 3UF

Person in charge: Mrs Jackie Brown
Telephone: 01224-272329 (direct)
Mon-Fri 0900-1700
Prior appointment desirable.

Content: Circa 250,000 sheets (including 60,000 for the USA), and 100 atlases. Topographic mapping of the UK, USA (1:62,500 and 1:24,000), Canada, and Europe. Also teaching sets and some historical (pre-1850) mapping.

Tracing and photocopying facilities available.


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Reference Number: 438 - Last revised: 17/10/12, Edition 7

Department of Geography : The Sir Duncan Rice Library

University of Aberdeen
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
Bedford Road
ABERDEEN
City of Aberdeen
AB24 3AA
Location: First floor
Telephone: 01224 273330
Fax: 01224 273956
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/

Mon-Thu 0800-2200; Fri 0800-2000; Sat 0900-2200 Sun 1100-2200
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1-2 January only.

Content: About 8,000 sheets and 450 atlases. Fair collection of pre-1800 atlases and early maps of Scotland. Early OS 1:63,360 (England and Scotland) and 1:10,560 (Scotland, with books of reference); current 1:50,000 for Great Britain and 1:10,000 for Scotland. Small scale European and world maps. About 25 cartographic CD-ROM packages and one of 6 libraries receiving large-scale OS digital data as part of the Digimap project.

Photocopiers, reader/printers and PC computers available including colour printing to AO size.

Special Collections

Location: Lower Ground Floor
Telephone: 01224 272598
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/
Mon-Fri 0900-1700; closed Sat and Sun

Content: collections of historical maps including the O’Dell Railway Collection containing railway plans submitted to Parliament and also the map and plan collection of F.A. MacDonald and Partners, engineers and surveyors (incorporating Walker & Duncan, surveyors, Aberdeen). This collections consists of c.5000 items from the late 18th century - mid 20th century (primarily late 19th century) and primarily covers the north east of Scotland.


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Reference Number: 349 - Last revised: 28/02/00

University of Birmingham
Map Library
School of Geography
Edgbaston
BIRMINGHAM
B15 2TT

Location: Arts Faculty Building, 2nd floor, Room 201
Person in charge: James A.H. Peart
Telephone: 0121-414-5522 (direct)
Fax: 0121-414-3971
Email: J.A.H.Peart@bham.ac.uk

Mon-Fri 0845-1715

Content: Circa 140,000 maps and 600 atlases. Topographical maps of UK at scales 1:10,000 and smaller; West Midlands at 1:2,500 and 1:1,250. Geology, soils, land use, and administrative maps. Historical collection, including OS County Series 1:10,560 and 1:2,500 for Midland counties; early Birmingham street maps.

Rest of world: Western Europe at 1:100,000 or larger; Large collection of D.O.S. sheets of Africa and other former dependencies; many GSGS sheets of WWII vintage.

Teaching collection of Wall Maps.

Aerial photographs, mostly for Falkland Islands and Nigeria. Some England and Scotland.

Collection of gazetteers, books on cartography, guide books, postcode directories and collection of books on local history.

Photocopying and illuminated light tables available.


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Reference Number: 165 - Last revised: Edition 4.

Bournemouth University
Field Centre
c/o Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Wallisdown
BOURNEMOUTH
BH12 5BB

Cartographic Unit
Dept. of Tourism and Heritage Conservation
Bournemouth University

Person in charge: Miss Jenny Yates
Telephone: 01202-594178 (direct)
Fax: 01202-594098

Mon-Fri 0830-1700 (0900-1630 for student access)
Access: Members of Bournemouth University only.

Content: Circa 10,000 sheets. Current major topographic series for Britain and Western Europe. Coastal southern England and Dorset at 1:25,000 and larger. General world-wide cover.

Air photographs of Dorset coast; some satellite imagery.

Future developments include the cataloguing of the collection using MAPLIB.

Photocopying, light-tables, dyelines, etc.


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Reference Number: 551 - Last revised: 19/04/09, Edition 6.

University of Bradford
Special Collections
J.B. Priestley Library
Bradford
BD7 1DP

Located in J.B. Priestley Library.
Person in charge: Alison Cullingford (Special Collections Librarian)
Email: special-collections@bradford.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 235256

Special Collections includes over 1200 maps and plans collected or created by industrial archaeologist Arthur Raistrick, mainly of the Yorkshire Dales. Non-members of the University are welcome. Prior appointment is required. A limited reprographics service is available, subject to copyright and condition.

For further information about collections and services see our web pages:
http://www.bradford.ac.uk/library/special


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Reference Number: 327 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

University of Brighton
Map Library
School of the Environment
Lewes Road
BRIGHTON
BN2 4GJ

Location: Room 410-2 Cockroft Buildings
Person in charge: Tim Sharman (Senior Technician/Map Librarian)
Telephone: 01273 642086 (direct)
Fax: 01273 642285
Email: mrf2@bton.ac.uk

Mon-Fri 0900-1700
Open to general public by prior arrangement only.

Content: Circa 20,000 sheets and 40 atlases. OS large scale mainly for southeast England. England and Wales at 1 :25,000 and 1:50,000. Foreign maps for specific teaching purposes only.

Circa 1,000 air photographs of Sussex (1946-83).

Photocopying facilities available.


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Reference Number: 63 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Brunel University
Brunel University Library
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH

Person in charge: Head of Library Services
Telephone: 01895 274000 ext. 2782 (Admin.)
Fax: 01895 203263 (Lib.) / 01895 32806 (Univ.)
Email: library@brunel.ac.uk
Website

Term Mon-Thurs 0900-2100 (Fri 1900);
Sat 0930-1300; Sun 1400-1900
Vacation Mon-Fri 0900-1700
Prior appointment by general public necessary.

Content: Circa 1,000 maps. OS at scales 1:63,360/1:50,000, 1:25,000 and 1:10,560/1:10,000. Airey Railway Clearing House area maps and Railway Junction diagrams.

Collections include CLINKER and GARNETT.

Photocopying available.


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Reference Number: 127 - Last revised: 21/11/12, Edition 7

Cambridge University Library : Department of Geography : St. John's College

University of Cambridge
Cambridge University Library
[Copyright Library]
Map Department
West Road
CAMBRIDGE
CB3 9DR

Person in charge: Ms. Anne Taylor
Telephone: 01223 333041 (direct)
Fax: 01223 333160 (marked for attention of Map Department)
Email: maps@lib.cam.ac.uk
http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/index.html

Mon-Fri 0900-1710 (Fri. 1650); Sat 0900-1245
Closed at Easter, on August Bank Holiday Monday, for 1 week in September and from 24 December to 1 January.
Access to members of the University of Cambridge.
Others must apply for an admission ticket (01223 333030 ;  admissions@lib.cam.ac.uk ; http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/admissions/).
No admission to those under the age of 18.
Prior appointment is desirable.

Content: Circa 1,100,000 maps, 26,550 atlases and 210,500 microfilm aperture cards. World-wide coverage, general and thematic, from 1550 to the present day. Current OS and other British map series up to scale 1:1,250. Rest of the world at scales up to 1:25,000 if possible.

Special collections:

  • Library of the Cruising Association (includes general and maritime antiquarian atlases).
  • Topographic postcards.
  • Particulars of the sale of property.
  • About 1,100 manuscript maps, mainly of Cambridgeshire lands.
  • Gazetteers.
  • Books on cartography, especially the history of cartography.
  • The Charles Close Society archive of Ordnance Survey material.

Photocopying services are available and it is also possible to use your own camera to take photographs of collection items (subject to certain restrictions!) see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/photog.html )

The Map Library is a department within the main University Library, which has large collections of books on related subjects.

Note: Air photographs are kept in the University's Geography Department where they form the Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP) http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/cucap/about/

CUCAP Library, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, cucap@geog.cam.ac.uk  Tel: 01223 333 387


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Reference Number: 128 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Cambridge University Library : Department of Geography : St. John's College

University of Cambridge
Department of Geography
Map Room
University of Cambridge
Downing Place
CAMBRIDGE
CB2 3EN

Person in charge: Mr. P J Stickler
Telephone: 01223 339807
Fax: 01223 333392
Email: pjs39@cam.ac.uk

0930-1230, 1400-1630 throughout the year

Content: Circa 38,000 sheet maps and 1,200 atlases and allied publications. Current and early OS editions for UK at scales of 1:1,250 to 1:1M. Topographic, earth sciences, population, administrative, industry and communications mapping. extensive coverage of France in both topographic and earth sciences; scales 1:25,000 to 1:1M. Detailed collections of mapping related to department teaching programmes, e.g. the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and areas covered by field trips within UK. A collection of EEC related maps and atlases is being built up.

Over 1,500 aerial photographs of UK.

Tracing and photocopying facilities available.


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Reference Number: 129 - Last revised: 28/02/00, Edition 4.

Cambridge University Library : Department of Geography : St. John's College

University of Cambridge
St. John's College
Archivist
St. John's College
CAMBRIDGE
CB2 1TP

Enquiries to: Mr. Malcolm G. Underwood (Archivist)
Telephone: 01223-338631 (direct)
Fax: 01223-338762

Mon-Fri 0930-1300, 1415-1730
Access: Strictly by letter of introduction. Admission subject to discretion of the Archivist and the College Council.

Content: Circa 1,000 maps and plans. Estate maps made for the College. Copies of tithe maps and of some parish maps. Plans of College buildings and of those on farms built by the College.

Photocopying subject to Archivist's discretion and permission of College Council.


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Reference Number: 183 - Last revised: 09/06/01, Edition 4.

Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
Faculty of Environment & Leisure
Francis Close Hall
Swindon Road
CHELTENHAM
GL5O 4AZ

Person in charge: David Wilson (Faculty Cartographer and Designer)
Telephone: 01242-543431 (direct)
Fax: 01242 543283 (Faculty)
Email: dwilson@chelt.ac.uk
Website

Mon-Fri 0930-1700 (Fri 1630) Term time only

Content: Circa 13,000 maps and 40 atlases. Topographic and geological maps British Isles at 1:50,000/1:63,360. Good general coverage at 1:25,000 or 1:10,000. Local coverage at 1:2,500/1:1,250. Miscellaneous foreign coverage with emphasis on France, America and Africa.

Produces a Department Map Catalogue for the British Isles.

Photocopying facilities available.


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Reference Number: 134 - Last revised: Edition 4.

Chester College of Higher Education
Geography Department
Cheyney Road
CHESTER
CH1 4BJ

Person in charge: Mr Keith Hilton (Head of Department)
Enquiries to: Mrs N.C. Richardson
Telephone: 01244-375444 Ext. 2203
Fax: 01244-373379

Access via members of teaching staff (term time only).

Content: Circa 5,000 sheets. Mostly OS small scale with large scale for local area. Geology, soils and land use maps. Miscellaneous holdings of foreign and historical maps.

Collection of aerial photographs for Cheshire.

LANDSAT MSS and TM digital data and hard copy for West Britain.


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Reference Number: 345 - Last revised: 15/07/2009, Edition 6.

Coventry University
Faculty of Business, Environment and Society
Priory Street
COVENTRY
CV1 5FB

Map Library & Cartographic Unit Location within University: Geography, Room JSB1-3, James Starley Building, Cox Street, Coventry.
Enquiries to: Stuart Gill (Senior Cartographer) and Hazel Swift (Senior Information Technician)
Telephone: 02476 888914 or 02476 888929 (Direct line)
Email: stuart.gill@coventry.ac.uk
Website: http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/bes/ged/Pages/Geography,EnvironmentandDisasterManagement.aspx

Mon-Fri 0900-1630
Reference use only (unless approved by technical staff)

Content: Approx. 30,000 sheets, including OS topographic (full cover of Explorer, geology, and soils) and other thematic mapping of the UK at scales of 1:25,000 and smaller. Selected cover at larger scales, especially of local area. Miscellaneous cover of Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Some selected reprographic cover of historical maps of Coventry.

Small aerial photograph collection of glaciated regions (esp. Norway, Scotland).

Photocopier available and A0 plancopier (subject to copyright restrictions).


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Reference Number: 100 - Last revised: 06/12/10, Edition 6

World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue - WOSSAC - “National Soils Collection - LandIS” Archive

Cranfield University: “World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue - WOSSAC”
National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI)
Bullock Building
Cranfield University
Cranfield
Bedfordshire MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

Person in charge: Ian Truckell
Telephone: +44 (0) 1234 750111 Switchboard (ask for ext. 2741)
Fax: +44 (0) 1234 752970
Email:i.g.truckell@cranfield.ac.uk
Website

Opening hours: Office hours
Please contact Ian Truckell to discuss arrangements.

Content: The mission of the World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue (WOSSAC) is to provide a secure home for soil survey reports, maps, imagery and photographs produced by British companies and surveyors overseas over the last 80 years from some 250 territories worldwide, with a view to ensuring their enduring availability and protection. The archive collection comprises tens of thousands of catalogued maps, reports, surveys, books, photographs, satellite imagery and other artefacts.

Reproduction facilities are available, please discuss requirements with us.

The WOSSAC archive website www.wossac.com provides access to search the catalogue of materials in the archive and to consult web mapping tools showing the geographical locations of the geo-referenced materials in the collection.


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Reference Number: 99 - Last revised: 06/12/10, Edition 6

World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue - WOSSAC - “National Soils Collection - LandIS” Archive

Cranfield University: “National Soils Collection - LandIS” Archive
National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI)
Bullock Building
Cranfield University
Cranfield
Bedfordshire MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

Person in charge: Ian Truckell
Telephone: +44 (0) 1234 750111 Switchboard (ask for ext. 2741)
Fax: +44 (0) 1234 752970
Email: i.g.truckell@cranfield.ac.uk

Opening hours: Office hours
Please contact Ian Truckell to discuss arrangements

Content: Cranfield University’s “National Soils Collection - LandIS” Archive contains extensive cartographic products, field records, laboratory measurements and documentary reports of soil conditions for England and Wales

Reproduction facilities are available, please discuss requirements with us.

Our website www.landis.org.uk also presents a variety of means (Soil Site Reporter and Soilscapes Viewer) to access and obtain digital reports containing soil information summaries for points and areas in England and Wales. Further information is also available on this website describing how to access digital soil GIS datasets for England and Wales.


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