Old Maps Online

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB ah1 oldmapsonline
  • Dates of Creation
      16th Century
      17th Century
      18th Century
      19th Century
      20th Century (1900 - 1945)
      20th Century (1946 - 1999)
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description

Scope and Content

Old Maps Online is a search portal that combines the historical map collections of several organisations around the world. Users can search across collections through a single interface and easily locate multiple maps of a geographical area.

The interface is free and access is open to all users. A wide range of different types of map are available, including: land maps; sea charts; boundary and estate maps; military and political maps; and town plans.

Historical maps of many countries are available - including South and Central America from the 16th to the 20th centuries; Britain and particularly London, up to 1860; North America in the 18th and 19th centuries; pre-1900 Dutch Maps; the North West of England; and Moscow.

Conditions Governing Access

Please note that all enquiries regarding Old Maps Online should be directed to the Old Maps Online team, at the Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at the University of Portsmouth. The University of Portsmouth Library and Archives are unable to answer any Old Maps Online queries.


This is a description of a themed collection. Themed collections are curated collections of archival resources, which are often digitised and made available through a portal on the internet. In this description, you will find information about the themed collection, including what it contains, and a link to where you can find out more and access the material.

Other Finding Aids

Access this resource online: http://www.oldmapsonline.org/


A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: The Great Britain Historical GIS Project, The University of Portsmouth & Klokan Technologies GmbH

Additional Information

This collection is of use to those studying, teaching or working in history, geography and the wider humanities.

It is of particular use to those with interests in military history, world history, the social sciences or cartography.

As the search interface works across all collections, users are able to access maps relevant to their studies in a speedy and convenient way.

The search interface is open and free to access, but re-use of any images depends on the terms & conditions of each institution. Users should check the relevant terms & conditions for re-use, by following the links provided on the Old Maps Online site.