This week (13/12/12) Edina Digimap

Just a note to give you the details of the mapping site which we will be using this Thursday. It is called Edina Digimap and it is a portal through which maps (historical and modern) can be accessed.  It is only available to people with University accounts but it is accessible from home.In class we will be looking at specific areas and looking at how they have changed using maps. We will then be considering what may have brought these changes about and will think about the historical or archaeological sources which we might investigate in order to find out more.

To use this site you will need to visit:

When you get to the page you will need to register using your University of  Southampton sign in details.

1) A ‘pop up’ window will appear asking you to log in via a UK institution, click ‘log in’

2) A page will appear asking which institution you are from, type ‘University of Southampton’ into this box and then select the university from the list which will appear below.

3) Click, ‘continue’

4) The next page will be a University of Southampton log in page. Log in using your University username and password.

5) You will now be at the home page of Edina Digimap. You will see several options running down the left hand side of the screen.

The Ordnance Survey tab will give you access to current Ordnance Survey map data. NOTE to access this data you will need to register for this service, instructions are quite straight forward but we can help you do this in class. It will take up to 2 days for your registration to be given the okay. 

6) We are going to look at the Historic>Ancient Roam section of the website. To access this click on the ‘Historical’ button and then click on the Ancient Roam link.

7) This will show you a map of the UK, you can zoom into this map by double clicking on the area you are interested in. It works in a very similar way to Google Maps.

8) When you zoom in far enough you will notice the ‘Decade Buttons’ becoming highlighted. When they turn blue you can click on them to see maps from different periods.  NOTE you will have to zoom in quite far because the original Ordnance Survey maps were made at large scales which do not display very well at large scales.

9) Click on the different decades to see the maps change, you will notice that the geography changes and so do the styles of map making.