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OS showcases aerial photographs of Britain

UK: A huge walk-on Ordnance Survey (OS) map of Britain accompanied by more than 100 stunning aerial photographs that showcase Britain’s wonderful natural and human landscapes was officially launched by Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in the historic centre of Bath, UK.

Free to view and accessible 24 hours a day, this extraordinary outdoor exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to see Britain as they have never seen it before and to walk the length and breadth of the country over a 16 x 8 metre map, exploring the precise location of each large-scale image.

Created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) jointly with street gallery pioneers WeCommunic8, and supported by the Ordnance Survey, Britain from the Air combines inspiration, education and exploration.

Capturing Britain’s beauty as seen from its skies, it reveals mountain valleys carved by glaciers, saw-toothed coastlines edged by glistening waters, abandoned villages and transport networks, telling their story with text, historical images and maps.  

Michael Palin said, “This exhibition is designed to celebrate the diversity of UK, very powerfully, just what we’re missing down here on the ground.  The stories of these landscapes are revealed – so visitors can truly explore and discover something new.”

Vanessa Lawrence, Director General & Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, said, “Large walk-on Ordnance Survey map will give visitors a new perspective, understanding and desire to explore some of the beautiful locations that we have in Great Britain.”

The RGS-IBG’s Director, Dr Rita Gardner, hopes the free exhibition will encourage the enjoyment and exploration of Britain’s great outdoors.

The exhibition is sited in Bath city centre (through Kingston Parade, the Abbey Precinct, Abbey Church Yard and Union Street), with the map located on Kingston Parade. It runs in Bath until the end of February 2011 and there are plans to take it to more cities in the UK.

Source: Ordnance Survey