Welcome to The Society, here for the study of Ordnance Survey maps old and new, how and why.

The Society

Find out who we are, what are our aims and who Charles Close was.


This section contains detail on joining The Society and renewing your membership.

Latest News

Go here to find out what we’re up to, and when and where the next meetings are.

Online Resources

Our section for maps, covers and indexes, use as a reference for your research.


Here we show off our books and monographs we’ve written, and the online Bookshop

Archives & Collections

Our Archive is held in the Cambridge University Library, details are below.

The site search below will not only look in pages of the site, but documents contained also.


The Society now has a presence on YouTube where we have loaded our video content for all to watch at your leisure. There are two playlists currently: firstly our recordings of our online meetings on various subjects, the other, our talks held at our online AGMs.

Our online Zoom Meetings are continuing within The Society. Visit the page to see details of the next meet and recordings of previous meetings. This is an ideal way to stay in contact and share your interests. We plan to return to face-to-face meetings in 2022.

And the online Map Covers Collection is continuing and expanding all the time. This is an ongoing project of collation, where Members have supplied variants of known Ordnance Survey map covers to make an online reference system. Its an ideal place to check an anomaly in your collection or a shop.


Are you currently doing research into a mapping or surveying related subject? Do you have a question about a specific map, a symbol on a map recent or old? Or are you curious as to something related to the Ordnance Survey?

If so, maybe this independent Discussion Group set up by CCS Members can help? Click here to visit and ask away. With over 100 subscribers currently, we can probably answer that question and supply further detail, to help you on your way.

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