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Groundsure’s 2020 Christmas charity support

2020 was an incredibly tough year for many with COVID-19 hitting everyone hard, with some people being more affected than others. Specifically, the charity sector took a severe blow, which would have a huge knock-on effect on those desperately in need. This Christmas Groundsure and Mining Searches UK decided that, rather than overindulging with mince...

China Clay Mining

The St. Austell area in Cornwall is famous for its association with china clay where rich deposits of Kaolin have been mined over the centuries. The mines have been so ingrained into the Cornish economy that pretty much everybody in the local area either worked for companies involved in the china clay industry or had...

Groundsure and HOT Mapping

Firstly, what exactly is HOT Mapping? HOT stands for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. HOT mapping is collaboration mapping for humanitarian aid across the world – reaching those in need through maps, using OpenStreetMap as a base for all projects. Unlike in this country, where you can go to your local bookshop and pick up a high...

Is your local golf course really what it appears to be?

It’s a crisp Saturday morning, you’re out with a few friends for a round of golf. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? A few hours peace and quiet? What you’ll be cooking for dinner that evening? It probably isn’t “I wonder what this golf course used to be”….. Unless of course you are...

Regional Spotlight: Historical land contamination in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a rich and diverse history, which goes as far back as the Vikings, the Angles and the Romans. Yorkshire was a hub of industrialisation, with industries such as textiles, coal, iron and steel forming the base of the industrial revolution in Yorkshire, and the north of England1. The remnants of this rapid urbanisation...

Ceri Sansom discusses the National Archives WW1 report

Sometimes it’s interesting to have a different perspective and recently I was reintroduced to Historic England’s First World War National Factories Assessment (2015). It takes a historical perspective on the development of the nationally operated factories from World War 1.  They chart the social changes and architectural developments of the time, as well as being...

The clue is in the name

The maps plans and charts that the specialists at Mining Searches UK (MSUK) consider for mining risk assessments vary widely and can include written documents, plans and sections of underground workings and surface plans, even plans jotted down back of a cigarette packet style. As a result, the information shown on the plans is viewed...

Coastal retreat at Birling Gap

Coastal erosion is a hot topic at the moment, but it is nothing new. Groundsure have been thinking about coastal erosion for a long time; back in 2015 our Head of Product Development, Dominic Tubb, wrote an interesting piece on coastal retreat at Birling Gap utilising our high resolution historical mapping. Fast forward to today,...