Southampton-based Ordnance Survey maps out swap scheme in Nursling mosaic

DIRECTIONS: Ordnance Survey staff at Adanac Park with a giant map of Great Britain made of old maps that have been handed in by the public in exchange for new ones.

DIRECTIONS: Ordnance Survey staff at Adanac Park with a giant map of Great Britain made of old maps that have been handed in by the public in exchange for new ones.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy News Editor

IT is the giant mosaic made up of thousands of unwanted maps.

This huge collection, laid out in the shape of Great Britain, contains records of the nation’s landscape dating back nearly a hundred years.

Staff at the Nursling-based Ordnance Survey headquarters spent hours creating the eye-catching mosaic, which is made up of 3,000 maps.

The illustrations were collected as part of a trade-in policy where people who send their outdated maps to the Nursling offices get a voucher in return with some money off for a new version.

One of the maps, covering the Bournemouth and Swanage areas, dates back to 1919.

Spokeswoman Melanie Osborne said: “We created the map of Great Britain showing the maps which have been returned using our pink OS Land Rangers for England, yellow Outdoor Leisure maps for Wales and orange OS Explorer maps for Scotland.

“The scheme has been a massive success and we have been overwhelmed by the number of maps that have been returned.”

The trade-in scheme runs until the end of April.

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11:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

How come Northern Ireland isn't included?
How come Northern Ireland isn't included? Brite Spark
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11:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

Brite Spark wrote:
How come Northern Ireland isn't included?
(The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How come Northern Ireland isn't included?[/p][/quote](The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Beer Monster
  • Score: 3

11:26am Tue 1 Apr 14

SilvanDryad says...

I hope they are keeping the maps for posterity, unless they already have a good collection.
I hope they are keeping the maps for posterity, unless they already have a good collection. SilvanDryad
  • Score: 3

11:28am Tue 1 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Brite Spark wrote:
How come Northern Ireland isn't included?
Agreed, is bit racist this.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How come Northern Ireland isn't included?[/p][/quote]Agreed, is bit racist this. ToastyTea
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
How come Northern Ireland isn't included?
(The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It took Beer Monster 13 whole minutes to nibble ha ha!
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How come Northern Ireland isn't included?[/p][/quote](The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.[/p][/quote]It took Beer Monster 13 whole minutes to nibble ha ha! Brite Spark
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4:33pm Tue 1 Apr 14

solomum says...

I am thinking this must be the April Fool story.
I am thinking this must be the April Fool story. solomum
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10:29am Wed 2 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
How come Northern Ireland isn't included?
(The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It took Beer Monster 13 whole minutes to nibble ha ha!
I was hungry :)
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How come Northern Ireland isn't included?[/p][/quote](The Kingdom of) Great Britain is comprised of England, Wales and Scotland. This is a subset of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.[/p][/quote]It took Beer Monster 13 whole minutes to nibble ha ha![/p][/quote]I was hungry :) Beer Monster
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