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Catalogue of British Town Maps

Chairman & Project Director: Professor R J P Kain, FBA 

This research project on the urban cartography of Britain is the latest part of a long-term research programme based at Exeter University to record and analyse the pre-Ordnance Survey, large-scale maps of the nation. Notwithstanding the number of town maps that are extant, their wide dispersal, and their utility to historians and others, researchers have few descriptive and analytical finding aids to help identify and locate maps of a particular place. This project aims to provide this much-needed research tool by locating, cataloguing and describing all town maps. It will also analyse the database to provide information for writing a narrative history of town mapping which will be the first book-length exploration of the enmeshing of town maps in the history of any country.