Reproducing material from atlases

Requests to reproduce or adapt atlas material

Our aim as a charity is to make the information we research as widely known as possible. We welcome enquiries about using or adapting maps or other material from the Historic Towns Atlas including atlases currently in print, and the Town & City Historical Maps series.

Use in educational and instructional contexts

The Trust gives permission for the use of those maps which appear on its website (atlas volumes 1, 2 and 3) for use in educational or instructional contexts - for example in public lectures, for school classes or for higher-educational purposes.  You do not need to seek our permission for such use.  

If you use this material for the purposes permitted, then please could you acknowledge its source: British Historic Towns Atlas  and, where possible, display the copyright symbol © .

Use of any atlas and map material in commercial publications and in the media

In commercial publication, in printed form or for another web site, or any other use in the broader media, e.g television, radio, film, use of our material requires specific permission, so please contact us.

Requests to reproduce or adapt map material from an atlas will always receive consideration. Requests to reproduce text material will also be considered and if appropriate we will contact the authors of the text to seek their permission.  Please note that the copyright in Volume 1 is held by Lovell Johns and requests to reproduce maps or text should initially be directed to them (although in practice they usually refer the request back to us).

Reproduction of material is subject to:

  • acknowledgement of the source of the material; and
  • the protection of copyright and other intellectual property rights

A fee may be payable for commercial reproduction.  For academic or research purposes we would not normally charge, but we still need to know how the material is being used.

If you publish material from the atlas, we'll put a link on our website to your publication!

We need to be sure that the integrity of the original material is not compromised and the publication of the adapted material is consistent with the aims of the HTT. Please supply details of the material and place of reproduction as listed below.  Please submit the information either through the contact us page on the website or by post to:  Historic Towns Atlas, 4 Ferry Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0ET  UK.

Material for which permission for reproduction or adaptation is sought:

  • Atlas title
  • Map title or information to identify the text

Details of where the reproduction or adaptation will appear:

  • What you wish to do with the material (e.g. reproduce in a book, a thesis; publish on the web)
  • For material to be published: publisher, print run and price (estimated if necessary), geographical extent of publication (e.g. UK, world-wide), language of publication

Your name

  • Contact information

Please include other information that would be useful for us in considering the application.


Acknowledgement should be made in the following form:

Map first published in the Historic Towns Atlas Volume X, © The Historic Towns Trust, date


Adapted from a map first published in Historic Towns Atlas Volume X, © The Historic Towns Trust, date.

Material to appear on websites should be watermarked with © Historic Towns Trust, date

Watermarked map extract