Unlock historical London maps and views

Unlock London maps - An exact Map representing the condition...city of London
The most beautiful maps in the world

King George III's map and views collection remains largely unknown.

Help us to catalogue, conserve and digitise the 1,200 London items in this collection.

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Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections“With some 1,200 London maps and views the collection still remains largely unknown, as it has not been fully catalogued since the early 19th century. We want to share these items and illustrate the changing face of the capital’s industrial and cultural heritage.” 

Peter Barber
Head of Map Collections

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

King George III’s personal map and views collection contains over 1,000 maps and views of London. A great deal of London’s history can be explored from this collection and we want to make it more accessible to all. 

We need to raise a total of £100,000 to catalogue, conserve and digitise all the London maps and views. We hope to raise £10,000 of this total from donors and enthusiasts to get us on our way. Your donations will help catalogue the London maps and views in their entirety for the first time, and make these items fully available online.

How you can help

  • £10 will help digitise one map or view, enabling even more treasures from this collection to be shared with anyone anywhere in the world
  • £20 will help re-catalogue a precious map or view from the collection, making it more discoverable to the public
  • £50 will help conserve the details of a map or view in need of treatment, preserving its lifespan and accessibility

Please support our project and make a donation today. You may also like to find out more about our project to unlock all 60,000 items from King George III's collection. 

31.27%

£ 3,127

raised of £10,000 target

We need to raise £100,000 to digitise all the London maps and we hope to raise £10,000 of this from donors and enthusiasts to get us on our way.

 

These are just a few examples of items from the collection. The more we raise, the more items we are able to catalogue, conserve and digitise for the benefit of researchers, scholars and map-lovers.

The Steeple Agreed to February 23 1732/3 / H. FlitcroftThe Steeple Agreed to February 23 1732/3 / H. Flitcroft (1732)

Six Views at Islington, by HollarSix Views at Islington, by Hollar (1665)

LONDON (detail) by Wenceslaus Hollar

LONDON (detail) by Wenceslaus Hollar, published Amsterdam, Cornelius Danckerts (1647) 
 

An exact Map representing the condition of the late famous and flourishing City of London

An exact Map representing the condition of the late famous and flourishing City of London, Wenceslaus Hollar (1667) 

Plan of the Town of Kingston upon Thames

Plan of the Town of Kingston upon Thames; with a Kingston from the Hill...taken from near the Post Office; by T. Horner (1813) 

Map of the Parish of Saint Pancras, situate in the County of Middlesex. From a minute and correct Survey taken by J. Tompson. 1804

Map of the Parish of Saint Pancras, situate in the County of Middlesex. From a minute and correct Survey taken by J. Tompson (1804)