Printed map entitled 'Seat of War in the Krimea' [Crimea], 1855

Scope and Content

The collection comprises one printed map published according to Act of Parliament by the Admiralty Hydrographic Office in 1855. It is a second edition. The map is entitled 'Seat of War in the Krimea' [Crimean peninsula in modern-day Ukraine] and is a large-scale plan of the area surrounding Sebastapol. It shows English, Russian, Turkish and French lines and encampments. It includes illustrated views of Sebastapol, Eupatoria and Balaclava and has inset maps of the Black Sea and Eupatoria Bay. The map measures about 780mm x 1250mm.

Administrative / Biographical History

The map in this collection was published by the Admiralty Hydrographic Office. The Admiralty appointed its first hydrographer in 1795 and published its first admiralty chart in 1800. During the first half of the 19th century, the Admiralty began selling charts to the public, devised the Beaufort Scale for wind strength and introduced official tide tables. Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort was Admiralty Hydrographer from 1829 to 1855 and oversaw many of these developments.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The map was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in March 2004 from the British Records Association.

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