OLD MAPS, PLANS & IMAGES

Important documents were once kept in chests with strong locks and keys. They were placed in churches for security, this one comes from Eckington Church and has quite a story.
Important documents were once kept in chests with strong locks and keys. They were placed in churches for security, this one comes from Eckington Church and has quite a story.

The best place to access old maps, plans and documents is a public record office or library like The Hive in Worcester.  The Go West Heritage Knights are building up quite a collection of old documents which we can use with schools and at public events but unfortunately copyright problems make it difficult for us to share them online. 

 

Go West has a licence to use Ordnance Survey maps online and many of the maps in this section are now copyright free.  

 

If  you have items you would like to share with us.  If you send us hard copies of photographs, maps etc we will always make digital copies of them and return the originals to you. Download and sign the Permission Forms so that we can use your material but please do make sure that you have the authority to do this.  Thank you.

What is different? What is the same?

Old maps and photographs help heritage detectives to come to terms with the fact that things change.  We ask heritage detectives to compare and contrast an old scene with what they can see today.  We have developed an attractive template into which an old image can be inserted but a copy of the image clipped to a piece of paper works just as well.  Either way get the detective to make two columns and head them 'What is different? " and 'What is the same?' The exercise is fun and the activity really focusses attention on the detail.

 

Discover how the area has changed since World War II

This is a map of the Pershore area in 1949
This is a map of the Pershore area in 1949

Then see what it was like in the early 19th century

Before the railways.
Before the railways.