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Map Reading
How to spot history on a map

25/01/2022 10 mins read

British broadcaster and anthropologist, Mary-Ann Ochota reveals some of the most common archaeological clues and historic symbols you’ll spot on a map. From church spires to tumulus, this guide will take your though old ordnance survey map symbols.

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National Map Reading Week Quiz

29/06/2021 5 minutes read

National Map Reading Week: Think you know your way around an OS Map? Test yourself with eight challenging questions in our new quiz to find out if you’re a map reading legend or clueless with a compass.

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Danger Areas

29/03/2021 10 minutes read

If you’ve been using OS Maps’ ‘standard’ mapping recently, you may have noticed we’ve added some places marked as ‘Danger Area’. These areas are used by the military for training.

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Top tips for map reading

12/02/2021

Want to explore new places? Every adventure starts with a map and some basic map reading skills. Here are our top tips for better map reading so you can start planning your next day out.

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Ordnance Survey Advanced Map Reading Quiz

05/04/2020

We've created a tough map reading quiz to test your skills. See if you can get 100% without looking at a map legend!

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OS Tricky Place Names Quiz

01/04/2020

We've created this challenging place names quiz to see how easily you can be tricked with made up places.

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OS map puzzles to challenge your skills

31/03/2020

Looking for something to challenge yourself? These puzzles, taken from the two OS Puzzle books, will test your map reading skills!

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The Welsh origins of place names in Britain

07/11/2019 Wales 10 mins read

Find the original meanings of British place names that use Welsh source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.

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The Scandinavian origins of place names in Britain

07/11/2019 Scotland

Find the original meanings of British place names that use Scandinavian source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.

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The Gaelic origins of place names in Britain

07/11/2019 Scotland

If you have ever wondered how many of the places in Scotland got their names, this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation, is here to help.

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The Scots origins of place names in Britain

07/11/2019 North East

Find the original meanings of British place names that use Scots source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.

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