Maps and Atlases Information
Birmingham Archives and Heritage is now CLOSED until 3 September 2013 when the Library of Birmingham on Centenary Square will open.
Staff are working on our collections to check, document and repackage thousands of items ready for their transfer to the new building during this time. This work will be our major task and consequently we are not able to respond individually to enquiries until after September 2013.
However, if you are specifically requesting personal information held about yourself, a member of staff will contact you to discuss this further:
For all other enquiries, please contact us again once we open in the new library.
We regret the inconvenience this is likely to cause to our users. Details of the services we will be providing from September will appear in due course on the new website, as well as contact details for the new library.
We have a large selection of maps covering dates ranging from 1553 to the present day, including transport maps and plans, tithe and enclosure maps, street plans, insurance and shopping area maps and geological maps. Large-scale Ordnance Survey maps and plans include 1:2,500 (25 inches to 1 mile) from the late 19th century onwards, 1:500 (19th century) and 1:1,250 (1950 onwards).
We have extensive Ordnance Survey coverage, with 1:63,360 (1 inch to 1 mile) and 1:50,000 maps for the whole of the British Isles and 1:25,000 and non-current 1:10,000 or 1:10,560 (6 inches to 1 mile) National Grid sheets for the whole of Great Britain. There are also many older county maps, plans of towns and cities, and geological and land use maps.
The Rest of the World
This is covered by our collection of atlases, but also includes street plans of major cities and medium scale sheet maps, especially of European countries and islands in the Caribbean. The collection includes 35 18th century atlases.