Unlock King George III's historical maps and views of London and the South East

Unlock London and South East Maps
The most beautiful maps in the world

George III's maps and views remains largely unknown despite being one of the most important collections in the world. Help us unlock the hidden treasures in his remarkable legacy to the nation.

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Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections“The personal map and views collection of George III is one of the world’s most important historical resources. The collection was brought together at a time when Britain’s military, commercial and imperial might was nearing its peak. ” 

Peter Barber
Head of Map Collections

Help us unlock one of the world's most important map and view collections 

King George III was fascinated with geography. He gathered an incredible collection of 60,000 maps and views, from inherited royal maps, commissioned new works, state papers, gifts, acquisitions to items obtained by espionage during wars and conflicts. This collection became the King’s window on the world and its people, and was stored in the room next to where he slept in Buckingham House. Gifted to the nation after his death, his precious collection has never been fully catalogued and is therefore not as well-known or well-used as it deserves.

Our ambition is to make his collection available to everyone who wishes to see it by cataloguing, conserving and digitally photographing every piece so that this incredible gift to the nation is available online.

Please consider supporting a key stage of this project to open up the London and South East items in his collection, comprising around 2,000 maps and views. We need to raise £100,000 to fully catalogue, conserve and digitise this part of the collection. A great deal of the nation's history can be explored from these items and your donation will make all the difference. Your gift will help catalogue these maps and views in their entirety for the first time, and make these items available online.

How you can help

Please support our project and make a donation today.

  • £26 could pay for enough of the special tissue paper we need to repair one damaged map parchment
  • £37 would pay for the time of an expert researcher to undertake research and provide provenance of unknown items
  • £83 would pay for the full process of cataloguing, conserving and digitising one map

You may also like to find out more about our project to unlock all 60,000 items from King George III's collection. 

3.44%

£ 3,435

raised of £100,000 target

We need to raise £100,000 to digitise all the London and South East maps and views in King George III's collection. Please consider making a donation today to help us achieve this.

 

Featured items from the King George III collection 

An Exact Map        London (detail)Left: Map by Hollar (1667) showing the extent of the damage to London caused by the great fire of 1666  
Right: LONDON (detail) by Wenceslaus Hollar(1647)

Adams ThamesisThamesis Descriptio by Robert Adams (1588)

Map of the Parish of St Pancras        Plan of the Town of Kingston upon Thames

Left: Map of the Parish of Saint Pancras...by J. Tompson (1804)
Right: Plan of the Town of Kingston upon Thames...by T. Horner(1813)

A view of London from Greenwich        A new and exact Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster & the Borough of Southwark

Left: A view of London from Greenwich Park by D Havell (1815)
Right: A...Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster & the Borough of Southwark...by Elizabeth Foster (1752)

This is just a small fraction of what is contained in the collection and there are many more hidden treasures. Please help unlock them all for the benefit of researchers, scholars and map-lovers everywhere by making a donation today.