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Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Maps and Atlases Information

Birmingham Archives and Heritage service is now located in the new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square.

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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).

United Kingdom

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.

Local and National Maps - current

Birmingham Maps - historical

Maps - special collections

National Maps- historical. You can find a comprehensive list of links to online maps on the British Library web site.

Maps of Ireland