OS_PLAN_1-1250_SJ7989NE_1959 - OS Plan 1:1250-Part of GB127.M850 Manchester Town Hall Photographer's Collection

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    Digitised photograph of a 1950's OS Plan.

    This OS Plan is part of an extensive set of OS Plans for Manchester / surrounding area and was used by Manchester Corporation's City Surveyor's Department.

    These 1950's OS Plans are a particularly interesting find, as OS Plans went many years - from the end of WWI to post WWII - without revision.

    It would appear that the City Surveyor's Department tasked the Town Hall Photographer to photograph the plans on the Photographer's Copy Camera.

    Manchester Archives+ are able to publish this plan online as quote..."under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, ‘Crown’ copyright exists for a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the work was first published.

    This means that any Ordnance Survey mapping which was created prior to 1 April 2015 will be protected by Crown copyright for a period of 50 years from its first publication.

    Accordingly, if an Ordnance Survey map was first published over 50 years ago it can be copied or otherwise used without a licence from OS."...unquote.


    The Town Hall Photographer’s Collection is a large photographic collection held in Manchester City Council’s Central Library archives, ranging in date from 1956 to 2007.

    The collection consists of tens of thousands of images, covering the varied areas of work of Manchester Corporation and latterly, Manchester City Council.

    The photographs were taken by staff photographers, who were tasked to document the work of Corporation/Council departments and, in doing so, captured many aspects of Manchester life and history, including significant changes to the Manchester landscape.

    The collection includes many different formats from glass negatives, to slides, prints, CDs and even a couple of cine films.

    What is especially exciting is that the majority of these images have never before been available in a digital format and therefore have only ever been seen by a handful of people.

    A team of dedicated Staff and Volunteers are currently working on the systematic digitisation of the negatives held within the collection.

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