Google maps 'demolish British history'
Internet maps such as those made by Google ae demolishing British history by effectively not including historic monuments, battlefields etc on them according to super map maker Mary Spence. Traditional cartography is at risk of collapse as more and more people turn to the internet for maps many of which are made only in order to get people from A to B and leave out landmarks not needed for travel such as ancient woodland, rivers and other features. Maps it is argued are more than just aids to travel they map out aspects of ou culture by including features that society deems important at the tim of the map making.
Internet mapping is wiping the rich geography and history of Britain off the map, Britain's most senior cartographer warned yesterday.
Churches, cathedrals, stately homes, battlefields, ancient woodlands, rivers, eccentric landmarks and many more features which make up the tapestry of the British landscape are not being represented in online maps, which focus on merely providing driving directions, said Mary Spence, President of the British Cartographical Society.
As a result, such monuments could fade from public consciousness, she told a session on the Future of the Map at the annual conference in London of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.