Oxford Atlas Project

Can you help us to complete the Oxford atlas?


The Oxford project has so far cost about £20,000. That sum has been spent on digitising the 1876 OS map, and creating the principal map of the atlas, which is almost complete. 

What we now need to do is to research and create:

  • Time period maps of Oxford.  We aim to create maps of Oxford in the early 11th century, c.1100, 1279, 1400, 1500, 1600 and c.1800.  These are full-colour maps showing the town and its buildinggs, the built-up area, streets, rivers and streams, and key features of the settlelement at that date.
  • Supporting maps in the text, to illustrate specific themes, such as prehistoric remains, inns, and early colleges.

We are also publishing the principal map as a separate publication, as we have done with York, Winchester and Windsor and Eton. This map will be launched in January 2016. We have to date received £1200 in donations towards the Oxford sheet map, and the very generous offer of additional funds to complete its publication - we are very grateful indeed to those individuals who have donated to the project.

Although the contributors to the atlas give their time, the costs of map production and professional cartography are high. The estimated cost of completion of the project is £30,000.

  • To produce each development map of Oxford will cost about £2750.
  • To create and publish each supporting map in the text costs about £150.


Can you help?

We are looking for supporters and sponsors to enable the completion and publication of the volume. In return for a donation, all supporters will be acknowledged in the volume.

  • Supporters who give £50 will receive a copy of the separate historical map on publication.
  • Supporters giving £250 or more will receive an atlas and a copy of the historical map, be listed as patrons of the project and will be invited to the launch of the atlas.

All contributions will be gratefully received and acknowledged, and should be sent to:
Anthony Weale, Honorary Treasurer, Historic Towns Trust,
40 Harnwood Road, Salisbury, SP2 8DB


Cheques should be made payable to the Historic Towns Trust.

Thank you.


The latest newsletter from the Oxford project can be downloaded as a PDF below.

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