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Some free online sources of maps
« on: 26 January 2016, 15:16:49 »
One of the most useful sources of links to sites with historic maps is Map History - "the gateway to the History of Cartography", which has many articles about mapping, and links to many sources of maps for every part of the world. It is maintained by Tony Campbell (former Map Librarian, British Library, London) and is continually updated. It also has links to other "Gateway Sites", which themselves have lists of useful links.

I started the lists below before finding the Map History site, and we will have to see if it is worth developing our own list further. (Apologies that this list is starting off as UK-focused but, as with everything on this forum, I am hoping that we will make it more balanced as people contribute from arond the world.)

These map sites are primarily of the British Isles in general:
These are primarily of Scotland:
These are primarily of specific parts of the British Isles:
These are of everywhere:
  • Old Maps Online is the search engine for historical maps, maintained by volunteers, showing free online content from archives and libraries all over the world (including eg David Rumsey)
  • The David Rumsey Map Collection from Cartography Associates focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World
  • The British Library has a large collection of maps etc from all over the world; they have a Maps and View blog
  • (You can even help them identify accurate locations for these historic maps by being part of their Georeferencing project, and all georeferenced maps are then accessible via Old Maps Online. The original un-georeferenced maps are still available on Flickr.)
  • The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps etc of the world in general during the Middle Ages
  • Historic Cities aims to contain maps etc concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and to facilitate the location of similar content on the web.
Other lists of sources of maps include:
Note that in addition to the above there is much useful (both modern and historic) data and mapping among Council planning and heritage GISes.

Wikipedia has a List of online map services, for various locations in the world - but these are just modern  maps.

And for a totally different experience at Crafting the Past you can explore "a full-scale, topographically accurate and interactive map of Scotland in Minecraft with thousands of years of history".
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Re: Some free online sources of maps
« Reply #1 on: 17 February 2016, 22:00:58 »
The National Library of Australia has over 600,000 international maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, and a lot of these are online. See for background, and search the main catalogue to find them (specify "maps" in the format when using Advanced Search).