A new feature on our website is the overlaying Suffolk maps through the ages. Explore the county of Suffolk and how this is changed. Discover the stories and collections associated with the area in a growing collection of pins.

Jump straight to the maps here.

How to use map overlays?

When you click on the link above you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

Showing the map layering home page with base map already selected.

On the right you will notice a search bar where you can enter your address and the three tabs – Overlay, Community and Base Maps.

What are the layers?

Base Map Layer

The Base map is the bottom layer and you need to have one of these selected to start. The system will automatically have one there when you load the page [see above]. There are a few options including Satellite, Open Streetmap, OS OpenData and OS Zoomstack you can choose.

Overlay Map Layer

The Overlay map layer gives you several options you can have. These can be applied at the same time.

  • Photos Layer – this will put pins on the map for stories geo-located on our website. You can click on the pin to get more information and links to the information. This is a developing project and the number of pins will increase over the years. Users will also be able to submitted their own stories to be pinned to the map – submit your story here.
  • Collections Base Layer – this will put pins on the map for the archive collections that have been geo-located on CALM [our electronic archive database] and uploaded. You can click on the pin to get more information and links to the information. This is a developing project and the number of pins will increase over the years
  • NLS Great Britain [1919-1947] Layer and Great Britain OS ‘Provisional’ edition (1:25,000), 1937-1961 Layer – will overlay these maps over Suffolk and you can zoom in and out to get the different maps in these periods.
Community Map Layer

The Community map layer is the maps we have uploaded from our collection. Currently there are three maps available but we will increase the maps over the years that can be used. You can have these on the same time as the other layers.

  • Bowen 1760 Map of Suffolk [MC4/16]
  • Smith 1801 Map of Suffolk [MC4/24]
  • Godfrey 1808 Map of Suffolk

Viewing options

To view a layer you need to press the power button [see below] – this will load up the map layer/pins for you. If you no longer want to view that layer, press this again [see above regarding Base Layers].

When you have a layer turned on you have variety of options:

  • Magnifying glass – this will create a circle view of the layer you have selected that you can move with your mouse across the map.
  • Swipe – this lets you move the layer back and forth over the map
  • Transparency – this lets you make that layer more/less transparent.