This is a superb clip from 1953 showing how Ordnance Survey maps were made. By men with tweed jackets, horn-rimmed glasses and complicated machinery, that's how. It really is a delight, from that documentary era where everyone tootled about their business to uplifting music and optimistic voiceovers. There are more current clips showing how it's done now, but they're really dull in comparison. Thanks to Ramage for this little cracker

love it! so authentic it feels like the work of vic reeves.

i'm with you anne - nothing i love more than stretching out an os map on the floor to examine stuff. well maybe a few things. but you get the picture.

what i've never been out to work out is how they factor in the distance of hills onto maps, if they do at all.

consider this: if you walk up and down a hill, you walk in a 3 dimensional environment, and walk further than if you walked that route on a flat 2 dimensional surface. the countour lines illustrate where and how the incline changes, but can't factor in how far you've added to the distance on the map by travelling up too.

can they?

Oooh, interesting one. I wonder...

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