Search WOSSAC®

 Territory mapping tool

The Territory Mapping tool presents locations of WOSSAC items using Google Maps - select a country/territory from the drop-down box below the map to zoom to see the results for your area of interest. Note the drop-down box only gives the current names of countries, and names change over time. To see the old and new names we hold, see the country names table below the map. General instructions on using the map search tool are presented below.

Current territory: Tanzania (401 items)

 Blue markers show georeferenced items for which a download is available  Green markers show the location of all other georeferenced items held in WOSSAC

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Note, the country or territory names shown in the drop down box above are the current names, rather than those which were used at the time of the original survey. The table below, however, also shows the original country names recorded in the catalogue.


List countries and territories using:    or  



Note, country names may have changed since the survey - select options to view historic and current names. Both names are recorded for each item in the catalogue if you click through to the details page for each item following a search.

 General instructions

Instructions for searching the maps held in the archive

Click on a name from the dropdown list above to see and select from the set of georeferenced items, using the current country/territory name. Note that items may relate to regions as well as countries, and note also that items may be filed under several names (e.g. England, England Wales and Scotland, UK, U,K., GB etc.). Note also that only those items having recorded coordinates are displayed, and many items held do not have coordinates held - so the full catalogue will most likely hold more items for this territory.

Maps are denoted with a pin symbol representing the lower left (South West) corner recorded. 'Hover' the mouse over the symbol to see the full bounding box of the map extent, and a tooltip showing the item identifier number. As maps are often geolocated coincidently, a 'clustering' tool gathers multiple maps together as the map is zoomed out to avoid onscreen clutter, and clusters resolve to multiple points as the map is zoomed in.

The item markers show the location of georeferenced Wossac records, presented dynamically from the catalogue.  Blue markers show georeferenced items for which a download is available and  Green markers show the location of all other georeferenced items held in WOSSAC. Click on items to see the record details, with a link to the full record. If shown, the symbol indicates a download is available for this item. You can tick the checkbox to show on-screen only those items that have been scanned and which can be downloaded. A second checkbox displayes item identifier labels on the map.

Mapping shown is restricted to one country at a time so as to keep your access times reasonable. Please note, the scale of mapping and transfer of coordinates from the original maps may result in some misalignments and displacement of the pin markers and are therefore approximate only. Please check the coordinates on the original map to verify exact locations. Let us know about any errors you encounter.

The map can be switched between the default 'map' view and one with 'satellite' imagery. Hovering the mouse over these labels further allows 'terrain' and 'labels' to be toggled on and off. The icon in the top right corner allows switching to full screen mapping if required (switch back to select countries from the dropdown below the map). To see photos of areas near points of interest, it may also be useful to drag the Streetview 'pegman' figure onto the map, dropping it onto any valid points shown on the map in blue (e.g. roads and specific points). Exit Streetview back to the map via the back arrow in top left corner.

A small 'cross hairs' reticle reticle is placed in the centre of the map for reference. In the top left corner above the map is a read out of the lat and lon (and zoom level) of the centrepoint of the current view map.