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First World War

‘The lamps are going out…’: tweeting the July Crisis

Sunday 28 June 1914 was warm and sunny, and most Londoners were enjoying a day of rest. One exception was the resident clerk at the Foreign Office who was on duty to deal with any unexpected crisis that might occur. …

Mapping for War and Peace - Ordnance Survey’s maps and the First World War

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Surveyors on a First World War battlefield. (Image: © Crown copyright)

Far from its traditional image as the publisher of leisure maps for ramblers and cyclists exploring idyllic countryside, where the only disturbance is the rustle of a cagoule or the whirr of a freewheel, the Ordnance Survey’s origins are associated …