If you use old maps you might want to try our Georeferencer tool.

Manchester Ship Canal map overlay
Manchester Ship Canal map overlay

Georeferencer lets you place historic maps over current maps so you can compare the past with the present.

The Georeferencer tool can be used to view our digitised maps side by side or as overlays on current mapping.

This has many advantages such as:

  • Helping us to visualise how a landscape has changed over time
  • Helping us to identify historical or unfamiliar locations
  • Helping us to match and compare changing place names

Most of the maps we have Georeferenced so far include maps of Manchester and the surrounding area but we will be adding more maps gradually.

Explore Georeferencer