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Misleading title; not a fair reflection of the Ordnance Survey,
This review is from: Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Paperback)
As an ex-cartographic surveyor for the Ordnance Survey I found this book deeply disappointing.
The history, organisational culture and evolving technology of the Ordnance Survey is extremely interesting.
In the eight years I worked for the OS (1968-76) I experienced a semi-military culture (our Director Generals were invariably seconded from the Royal Engineers), an ethos proud of its history and its high reputation and, not least, the day-to-day, all-weather challenges of making precisely accurate, detailed maps for the nation.
I also came across a number of "larger than life, one off" personalities in the OS who gave me life-lessons (both good and bad !) that remain with me to this day.
Yes, there really is a great story awaiting to be told about the Ordnance Survey; an organisation that is as much a pillar of civilised British society as the BBC, but has never been accorded corresponding due credit compared to the broadcaster.
Unfortuneately this book, despite its misleading title, fails to set out that story.
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2012 15:07:17 GMT
Niall Annan says:
Alan, get writing. You've got one sale already!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 16:13:36 GMT
Alan J. Stedall says:
ROFL, Niall !
There really is a great (and very humourous) story to be told here, but I fear that my story would be more of a pamphlet than a book.
That said, the OS was/is perhaps the only organisation that I truly loved and for which I was (and remain) proud to have worked.
Are you an ex-OS surveyor ?
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