This tool is the first stage in our plan to provide map-based access to our records. It allows you to search for places and to identify records relating to them.
Our first release includes a wide range of images taken from our records, including the Dixon-Scott photographs of Britain (1926 – 1948), the National Coal Board’s collection of photographs, a selection of images of properties in London owned by the Crown Estate (1878 – 1967) and copies of some of the earliest maps held by The National Archives.
You can also use the map to identify the catalogue references to tithe maps, surrenders of monasteries, 19th century applications for building grants for schools and elementary school digest files (1854 – 1984). So, a search for Chertsey would reveal a copy of a medieval map of Chertsey Abbey, the catalogue entry for the surrender of the Abbey to Henry VIII, two photographs of Chertsey bridge in the 1930s and the catalogue entry for the 1844 tithe map.
To use the tool, select which collections you would like to search, then enter in the name of the place. Finally, set the range – the tool searches for records within a circle centred on the place you have chosen. The larger the range, the more places are included. Click on search and the map of the place you have chosen will be displayed with the symbols for any records or images which relate to that area. Clicking on the symbol will either link directly to the image or to the catalogue entry.
Please let us know what you think.