The Society hold thousands of original and copied flat and folded maps dating back to the eighteenth century. The Society’s map collection is part of the extensive Topographical collection and covers most of the British isles as well as far away places such as Jamaica.
Many people are fascinated by old maps and rightly so, as many old maps are works of art in themselves and reveal the surroundings of where our ancestors lived. This helps to give us a better understanding of what daily life would have meant for our ancestors. It’s also interesting to find an old map of a familiar place and compare it to a modern day version.
The below example is an original map from 1862 on linen of Deptford in Kent.