28 Mar 2011

Only a few days left to submit entries for the BCS John C Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping 2011

There’s only a couple of days left to get your entry in for the British Cartographic Society (BCS) John C. Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping.

The closing date for entries is 31 March.

The John C. Bartholomew Award is presented for originality and excellence in the field of thematic (non-topographic, 1:100,000 and smaller) cartography, with emphasis on effective communication of the intended theme or themes. The award comprises a crystal trophy to be retained by the winner, £500 prize and a framed certificate, sponsored by ourselves Collins Geo through CollinsBartholomew and the family of the late John C. Bartholomew.

The winning entry will be put forward for the overall BCS Award. Past winners have been so diverse as to include a wildlife and low flying avoidance map from the British Antarctic Survey, a map of key battles during the American Civil War, an undersea map of the waters around New Zealand, a thematic atlas of China and a surnames map of Ireland.

All BCS Awards entries will be exhibited at the BCS Annual Symposium (8 - 10 June 2011, Shrigley Hall, Nr. Macclesfield, Cheshire) and the winners will be published in the Cartographic Journal and on the BCS website following the Awards ceremony.

John C. Bartholomew Award details, rules and entry form (Word doc)

Keith Moore, Head of Cartographic Services, Collins Geo.

16 Mar 2011

Map Names, Map Traps and Map Mischief

Publicity over new names appearing on a recent map of Loch Lomond National Park (see BBC News item) generated much discussion in our office. Here are a couple of similar examples that we talked about:

The story that John George Bartholomew named a couple of islands in Loch Lomond: The book ‘Bartholomew 150 years’ by Leslie Gardner documents this - “Off Rossdhu Point, on Loch Lomond, there are two islets, one called St Winifred’s and one St Rosalind’s. John George Bartholomew gave them those names. While on a boating trip in that part of the loch, on a glorious June day, he came to an understanding with the girl he loved and later married.” These names were commemorated on the next edition of the Half-inch Scotland series (No7, Firth of Clyde).

Claims of an elephant in the contours: Much is written about this one, it even made it onto the BBC QI program (season 5, episode 4) which showed the elephant in the contour lines on a British Army Map of an area of the Gold Coast (Ghana) from the 1920s. Apparently it was created by bored surveyors.

Unsubstantiated accounts of Pu Ding basin somewhere in China, bunnies in the bathymetry (seabed contours) off South America, a backward phrase in some Greek hills and various rude words hidden across the globe.

Is this done for personal recognition, to catch map copying, mischief making or simply boredom?

As mapmakers we are always on the lookout for new places/features to capture to reflect changes around the world. We have just added a name to a previously unnamed gorge on the Isle of Skye on our forthcoming Collins Road Atlas 2012 - see previous post
Competition Winner Immortalised on Collins 2012 Big Road Atlas Britain.

If you know any comparable cartographic curiosities please let us know by posting a comment below or contacting us here at
Collins Maps.

15 Mar 2011

New Collins Ramblers Short Walks complete the range

Six new Collins Ramblers Short Walks books have just been published.

Collins Ramblers Short Walks
These compact little guides contain 20 walks, all of which can be completed in 3 hours and under - ideal for an afternoon stroll, for beginners and those with young families.



• Endorsed by the Ramblers, Britain's biggest walking charity who celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2010.
• Each book includes general information on walking and the area covered by the guide.
• Each walk is clearly marked on a detailed Ordnance Survey map.
• Every walk description includes places to park, where to get refreshments and any highlights.
• Packed with colour photographs of scenes you will see along the walk. All £5.99, Paperback, 180 x 117 mm, 96 page
Ramblers Short Walks in Cornwall

Collins Ramblers Guides
Also in the walking range are the Collins Ramblers Guides:
These popular walking guides combine detailed route descriptions with information on the local history and wildlife.

•The introduction gives information about the topography, geology and history of the area, and describes the flora and fauna inhabiting it.
•The main section of the book comprises 30 walks. Each walk has a symbol key, illustrating the level of difficulty and particular areas of interest. A fact file summarises useful information such as the start/finish point, distance, duration, highest point, refreshments, safety advice and landscape/wildlife interest.
•Illustrated with colour maps from the Ordnance Survey, each walk is then described in detail with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. The text gives the history of the main landmarks along the way plus information on the natural history of the area, and is accompanied by stunning colour photographs.



Collins Ramblers Best Walks Britain
Collins Ramblers Best Walks Britain commemorates 75 years of the Ramblers, Britain's biggest charity working to promote walking and improve conditions for all walkers.

This beautiful hardback book features 75 of Britain's best walks: one for each year the organisation has been in existence. Each walk was selected by the Ramblers, and is a favourite or has a special meaning, sometimes a local group has worked hard to improve access for walkers along the route, at other times it might be that the views along the way are exceptional.

Walks vary in length and difficulty to allow for all abilities.

Packed with stunning colour photographs, maps showing the routes. interesting facts about the areas chosen, and essential information to plan your walk. The book also includes information on the history of the
Ramblers with a timeline outlining key events along the way.



10 Mar 2011

Competition Winner Immortalised on Collins 2012 Big Road Atlas Britain

The late Ronnie Elder is granted immortality in unique Highlander competition
Collins Geo announced the winner of the Highlander competition which offered a member of the public the unique opportunity to achieve "immortality" and literally "put their name on the map".

The late Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Elder has been awarded this unique prize, with the newly-named ‘Ronnie Elder’s Gorge’ included in the forthcoming
2012 Collins Big Road Atlas of Britain – where his proud name will echo through the ages, on the map’s pages. This previously unnamed gorge within Clan MacLeod territory on the Isle of Skye is now named after him.


Collins 2012 Big Road Atlas Britain & Skye extract

Jethro Lennox, Publishing Manager at Collins Geo, said: “Given Ronnie’s clear and strong affiliation with the film, he is a highly-deserved winner. The 2012 Collins Big Road Atlas of Britain is proud to be able to offer him a degree of immortality by including him in its forthcoming edition.”

For full details see the
Winner Immortalised on 2012 Road Atlas Press Release.

2012 Collins Big Road Atlas of Britain, published July 2011 - order from Amazon

Highlander film fan wins name prize - AOL NEWS

7 Mar 2011

Times Atlas Featured on My Life in Books

Larry Lamb chose the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World as one of his five favourite books for the BBC’s My Life in Books on the 3rd March.

In this 10 part series for BBC TWO, Anne Robinson hosted a chat show which invited well-known personalities to discuss the books they most love and why.

Larry Lamb, most famous for his recent roles in Eastenders and Gavin and Stacey has lived all over the World and considers himself to be a traveller at heart, which might explain his choice of the Times World Atlas. He is clearly enthusiastic and about the maps and what they show.

To see the episode on BBC iPlayer, click on this link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00z7sh6, the Times Atlas discussion comes just before 26 minutes.

The Times World Atlases

1 Mar 2011

The BCS John C Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping 2011

There’s now one more month to get your entry in for the British Cartographic Society (BCS) John C. Bartholomew Award for Small Scale Mapping. The closing date for the 2011 BCS Awards entries has now been extended until 31 March.

The John C. Bartholomew Award is presented for originality and excellence in the field of thematic (non-topographic, 1:100,000 and smaller) cartography, with emphasis on effective communication of the intended theme or themes. The award comprises a crystal trophy to be retained by the winner, £500 prize and a framed certificate, sponsored by ourselves Collins Geo through
CollinsBartholomew and the family of the late John C. Bartholomew. The winning entry will be put forward for the overall BCS Award.

Past winners have been so diverse as to include a wildlife and low flying avoidance map from the British Antarctic Survey, a map of key battles during the American Civil War, an undersea map of the waters around New Zealand, a thematic atlas of China and a surnames map of Ireland.

All
BCS Awards entries will be exhibited at the BCS Annual Symposium (8 - 10 June 2011, Shrigley Hall, Nr. Macclesfield, Cheshire) and the winners will be published in the Cartographic Journal and on the BCS website following the Awards ceremony.

John C. Bartholomew Award
details, rules and entry form (Word doc)

Keith Moore, Head of Cartographic Services, Collins Geo.

See also:
The BCS John C. Bartholomew Award 2010 Winner
Collins Geo success at the BCS Awards 2009
Geo Commendations at BCS Awards 2008