Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Forget Picasso, da Vinci, van Gogh: for many walkers the most beautiful bit of artwork in the world is an Ordnance Survey Explorer map. Unfold a crisp new sheet and instantly you start dreaming of the walks you’ll take among its exquisitely drawn contour lines, streams, woods, lakes, walls and paths. Then, map in hand out in the hills and dales, its every incredible detail helps guide you safely through unknown terrain. And over the years each map becomes a testament to your adventures: every sun- bleached, wind- battered, rain- spattered, mudsplattered square a reminder of great days out. The genesis of the mapping agency was far from artistic, though. As the name suggests, its origin was military – the he first maps were created after the Jacobitecobite risings of 1745, to try to understand thee terrain of the Scottish Highlands and track ack down dissenters. Later, the threat of Napoleonapoleon invading spurred the mapping of England’s gland’s vulnerable south coast to facilitate troop oop movement and campaign planning – detailed mapping which eventually extendedtended across Britain. And during both world wars the OS produced a heroic quantity antity of maps of home and abroad: 20,000,000 0,000,000 during the first one, and 345,000,0005,000,000 during the second.
And while digital mapping is becoming moreore and more popular, we still think a paperper one is something to be treasured, a priceless artifact as meaningful to its ownerwner as the Mona Lisa.