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Illustrated talk on the OSI new online Historical Mapping Service (Castlebar Library)

Date(s): Wed. 26th March, 2008 7.00pm

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The Ordnance Survey of Ireland has introduced an online service Ireland’s Historical Mapping Archive which provides access to a collection of maps which will be of great interest to local historians, schools and the general public. The six inch series (1837-1842) and the twenty-five inch series (1888-1913) for all Ireland are now available to download from the internet. Accessing these maps requires a subscription but the OSI  has entered into an arrangement with the library service countrywide to provide free access in all public libraries. The archive which contains 4,500 maps is a complete record of the Irish landscape from the earliest hand drawn maps.

The facility represents a remarkable fusion of old mapping and new technology. The system makes it possible to go directly to any townland in Ireland and view and print the historical mapping for that location.

Mayo County Library will be providing the facility in all its libraries.

Austin Vaughan, County Librarian   said ‘ the OSI facility will be  a great asset to have in our libraries. The introduction of the facility will compliment our own programme of digitising maps for the web which now includes William Bald’s Map of County Mayo 1809-1817, the 1838 series for the county and maps of the Lynch Blosse estate’.

Kevin Brady of the Ordnance Survey will give an illustrated talk on the service in Castlebar Anyone with an interest in mapping or local history is welcome to come along. No admission charge.

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