Online Resources

Online Resources

Old Maps Online

UK GIS Learning Resource Research

Old Maps Online Old Maps Online is an interactive search portal which allows users to hunt down historic maps of the UK. At launch, the portal covers five collections, and a bit over 60,000 maps:

  • A Vision of Britain through Time
  • British Library
  • David Rumsey Collection
  • Moravian Library
  • National Library of Scotland

To be included, maps must have been scanned, obviously, and they must be directly accessible online without payment or passwords. There is no need for the maps to be in any particular viewer, but we need to hold the real-world coordinates of the corners; if you do not have these we can
maybe help.

Click on a thumbnail and a pop-up shows further information about the map. Click on the thumbnail in the pop-up and a separate tab should open in your browser, showing you the page for the map at the relevant library --so for example, whether you can download the image depends on the library, not on us. That is about all the portal does, but it hopefully does it very well.

OneGeology Portal

Mapping Services Free World

OneGeology Portal The OneGeology Portal is now available for anyone to view and for OneGeology participants to register their data.

OneGeology material is freely available for non-commercial use only.

OneGeology gives non-exclusive permission to reproduce free of charge:
* OneGeology images,
* posters,
* maps

For personal, academic, educational, non-commercial research, or other non-commercial uses, subject to appropriate acknowledgement and notification.

Open Street Map

World Free Mapping Services

Open Street Map Open Street Map is a free editable map of the whole world. It allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth. Hosted by the UCL VR Centre.

Ordnance Survey Town Plans 1847-1895

Free Mapping Services

Ordnance Survey Town Plans 1847-1895 National Library of Scotland's collection of over 1,900 sheets covering 62 towns (1847-1895). The most detailed maps ever surveyed by Ordnance Survey.

Pont maps

Free Mapping Services

Pont maps A website offered by the National Library of Scotland devoted to Timothy Pont's manuscript maps of Scotland 1580s and 1590s. Scanned images of all the maps are on display. The website also includes biographical information on the main people associated with the maps, notes on the value of the maps for research on a range of themes, (such as towns, place-names, architecture).

Power Supply Map of the US

World GIS

Power Supply Map of the US This nice interactive map allows users to examine the energy production and distribution capabilities of the USA. Users can focus on individual methods of generating power such as wind, solar nuclear, coal, oil, gas or biomass. It is also possible to look at the regions potentials for producing energy through renewable methods. By analysing the GRID distribution it is possible to see how power is routed from where it is created to where it is consumed, projected developments to the GRID are also shown.

Public Profiler

Free Mapping Services

Public Profiler Public Profiler (publicprofiler), the British and world family name mapping website, uses many new and up to date sources to tell you where in the world people with your family name are found. Additionally, the website provide lots of interesting facts and figures about the people who share your family name.

This website allows users to search the databases that we have created, and to trace and map the geography and history of their family names.

This website provides a simple interface to visualise the educational geographies of England.

Public Records Office and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)

Free Raw Data

Public Records Office and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) The Public Records Office and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) hold some 5 million Royal Air Force aerial reconnaissance photos of Western Europe during World War II, on permanent loan to Keele University since 1962, is now available online through the RCAHMS website.

The photos can be explored via an interactive viewer, with zoom functions and narrative.

Records of Early English Drama (REED) Webmap and Database

Learning Resource Free Mapping Services

Records of Early English Drama (REED) Webmap and Database The REED web map is hosted by the University of Toronto Geography Department and depicts UK drama venues over time on a dynamic UK map. Early English drama venues can be discovered and explored using this map.

More information

Royal Commision on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) Databases

Free Subscription Mapping Services

Royal Commision on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) Databases The Royal Commision on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) databases. These require registration but searching is free. Supplementary information (including images and maps) can be ordered for a price. RCAHMS offers multiple searches that are explained below:



Using CANMORE allows you on-line access to the database of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS). The database contains details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Scotland together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs in the Collections of the NMRS. CANMORE enables this data to be searched by location (place name, area or Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 map sheet) by type (the classification or function of a site, monument or building) or by keyword.



PASTMAP, Historic Scotland's free on-line service to search and display Scottish National Archaeological and Architectural datasets on a map.

- Locates every site, building or find recorded in the National Monuments Record for Scotland
- Displays the boundaries of scheduled ancient monuments
- Locations of listed buildings
- Search by zooming into the map selecting from a list of place-names or by using postcodes.



HLAMAP provides access to information gathered by the Historic Land-use Assessment Project (HLA), a joint project with Historic Scotland. The HLA project is creating a digital map of the historic landscape of Scotland and through HLAMAP it is possible to view land-use by category, type, period or relict period.


Air Photo Finder

An application hosted by RCAHMS to help you to locate and order vertical Aerial Photography in Scotland. Contained within AirPhotoFinder are details of flight plots which illustrate where there will be vertical aerial photographic coverage. The system is not yet comprehensive and it is always recommended that you contact nmrs@rcahms.gov.uk to check whether additional aerial photographs are available.

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