Monthly Archives: April 2014

Historic OS Maps Online, Mapping History for Schools

Historic maps now online covering all of England and Wales

37,000 detailed maps that offer a fascinating glimpse into how every area of England and Wales developed from Victorian times to the 1950s are now available free online at the National Library of Scotland.

The six-inch to the mile series of Ordnance Survey maps, dating between 1842 and 1952, show how towns and cities have spread into the countryside and how the road and rail network developed.

Individual buildings and streets can be identified clearly and smaller features can be seen including post boxes, bollards on quaysides and mile posts. The maps can be viewed over time for each place of interest.

National Library of Scotland press release.

Mapping History – an introduction to historical maps and Digimap for Schools

The NLS Learning and Map Library teams in partnership with Archaeology Scotland, have created a new website for young people and community groups to learn about historical maps.

The site has both online and downloadable activities and a simple step-by-step guide which demonstrate how to read and use a wide range of maps. These activities can also be used to learn more about the history of an area using maps.

The NLS Map Library team have contributed to a fun, new online service created in partnership with Ordnance Survey and The University of Edinburgh that provides current and historical OS maps for schools.

Maps can be downloaded and printed off for use in the classroom, for homework or school projects. There are also a range of helpful online tools.

The popular NLS historical map overlay is also built-in to the site so schools can view historical maps for learning about the past.


Titian: His Life and the Splendour of Venice – Lady Sheila Hale, Friday 9 May

Lady Sheila Hale, Titian: His Life and the Splendour of Venice.

7pm, James Callaghan Lecture Theatre, Swansea University. Admission free.

Sponsored by:

College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.
Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.
Swansea Branch of the Historical Association.


Newport Ship Conference

Details of the conference at the University of Bristol, 17-18 July 2014, are here – Newport Ship Conference 2014.

The Newport Ship is the most important late medieval merchant vessel yet recovered. Built after AD 1449 in northern Spain, she foundered at Newport twenty years later while undergoing repair. Since her discovery in 2002, further investigations have transformed historians’ understanding of fifteenth century ship technology. This cutting-edge conference will bring together maritime archaeologists and historians to celebrate and to explore the ship, consider her significance, and to locate the vessel within the commercial world from which she came.

We are hoping to limit the cost of attending the conference to a nominal charge of £10, which will cover registration, refreshments and lunch on both days. Attendance of the conference dinner on the Thursday night will be extra.

Date: 17-18 July 2014 Venue: University of Bristol
Convenor: Dr Evan T Jones (University of Bristol)

MAILING LIST : to register interest contact


Conference supported by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Newport City Council, and the Friends of the Newport Ship :


Hand-Drawn Maps

These hand-drawn maps of Bristol are fascinating. White Rock volunteer Sarah Rojon sums it up.

‘I find this work awesome! This is the way I see heritage: it’s about experience, sensibility, meaning-making … Walking, cycling, bodies on the move and interacting are very often the key to understand the making of heritage, aren’t they? I’m going to transmit this piece of information to somebody else I met in Swansea who practices a kind of psycho-geography :-)’


HA Lampeter Lecture, ‘Monastic Wales’, 9 May

In support of the Branch’s aim of promoting History in south-west Wales, the Branch’s Lampeter Lecture will take place on Friday 9 May 2014, when Professor Janet Burton will speak on ‘Monastic Wales’.

While the venue can accommodate a reasonably sized audience, numbers are still limited. Therefore, if you’re interested in attending the lecture, let Colin James know as soon as you can.

Details of the event may be found on the ‘And Finally …’ page of the Branch’s website,

The event will begin at 4pm and end at approximately 7pm. Those attending will need to get to Lampeter under their own steam, but there is no cost for the lecture and buffet.


Viking Swansea Study Day, 10 April

RIAH Conference Suite, James Callaghan Building B02/03 (basement), Swansea University, 10.30am – 5.15pm

The Swansea Millennium Research Project has been set up by Swansea University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO), to research the origins of the city and to see what light this might shed on Wales’s place in the world before the Norman Conquest.

The sessions are open, and there is no charge. Full details here: Viking Swansea workshop 10.04.14.