How to fade between different types of maps

The Map Chooser and associated fade bar enable you to view and compare aerial photography, historic maps and contemporary Ordnance Survey mapping.

Map Chooser

The Map Chooser and associated fade bar are only active from mid to large scales..

Once the Map Chooser is active (changes from grey to blue) click once to reveal the list of layers you can fade between.

You cannot have the same map selected on either side but other than that there is great flexibility in selecting which two map types to fade between – e.g. select AerialXtra on the left and 1890s on the right – now slide the fade bar back and forth to see the two maps of your choice overlayed on top of one another – can you see the features on the aerial photography that were drawn on the 1890s map?

What date are the historic maps?

Two different time periods of historic maps are available in Digimap for Schools - 1890s and 1950s. The 1890s maps represent Victorian Britain just before the turn of the century. The age of the maps range from 1895 - 1899. It's not possible to know the exact date of the map you are viewing through Digimap for Schools, it should be viewed as being a map representing the land and features during the 1890s.
The 1950s maps show post-war Britain in the last One-inch to the Mile map before the introduction of the 1:50,000 mapping. The 1950s map are particularly useful in showing an overview of landscape features and for comparing change between 1890s and today.