Maps & Plans Digitisation

Maps and Plans Digitisation
Ship's Plan - Digitised 2019

Maps & Plans Digitisation

We digitise thousands of historic maps every year and never tire of poring over the fascinating visual stories they tell. More often than not these maps are part of a wider collection and, as such, represent important contextual information. They are often in poor condition, fragile, and at risk of their unique historical perspective being lost for good. Our 20 years experience of handling this type of material ensures that this doesn't happen.

Such is our commitment to preserving this cartographic heritage that we recently launched a new service, MapChest. Unlike other online map shops, MapChest is built on the principle of vendor collections. This means that once we have digitised your collection we are able, if appropriate, to offer an income-generating platform. We are also happy to take in map collections that have already been digitised.

We extend these same techniques and expertise to digitising architectural plans and drawings. One of our longstanding customers, Foster + Partners, use our services primarily in support of their marketing activities. Also, we have seen a marked increase in plans digitisation in response to the government's Building Information Modelling (BIM) initiative. To digitise historic plans is to unlock the decision-making process around previous developments, and to take guidance from this information. The BIM 4 Heritage group has more information on this.

Testimonials

Max have been a trusted digitisation and solutions partner with King’s College London Archives for more than a decade. They have always undertaken work to a high standard, and on time, and are a friendly team who are ready to help at short notice.

--Dr Geoff Browell | Head of Archives and Research Collections | King’s College London
Maps and Plans Digitisation
Ship's Plan - Digitised 2019