With the new Derbyshire Heritage Mapping Portal you can now see how the Derwent Valley from Derby to Matlock has changed over the last 200 years. Featuring selected maps from the collections at the record office, the portal enables free access to digital copies of the maps and an “overlay” feature so you can see the present and the past at the same time:
Watch this video to discover what you can find on the portal:
Although there only a handful of maps are available at the moment (out of the thousands in the collections), we hope that we will be able to add many more to eventually cover the whole county – so something to look forward to for 2020 and beyond!
The biggest map in the collection is over 4.5 metres long and over 3 metres wide (ref: D1564/3)
The portal was made possible with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme, with the tremendous effort and support of Derbyshire County Council’s GIS Officer, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Co-ordinator and several volunteers who helped to identify the maps for digitisation, and provide additional descriptive information for the online catalogue.
Thanks must also go to the creators and benefactors of the original maps, not only for their existence in the first place, but also for the detail and accuracy with which they surveyed the land and produced the maps – the success of the overlaid images is entirely credit to their incredible skills.
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Hi Becky, what a great initiative. Will you be covering the south west of the county anytime soon?
Thanks for doing this.
Hi Mark, glad to hear to like the new site. I’m afraid we don’t currently have specific plans for when each area will be covered, but it is likely that we will add new content by map type rather than by area. For example, I am particularly keen to add tithe maps to the site first – these are dated around the late 1830s-early 1850s depending on the parish.
Brilliant – what a fabulous resource. Thanks DRO and staff.
Thanks Helen, glad you like it – we certainly do 🙂