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Lovell Johns – A History of Cartography

The early history of cartography can be traced back many millennia to early cave paintings in Greece and Babylonia. The first identified world map is from circa 600BC, the Imago Mundi or Babylonian Map of the World and is on display in the British Museum. Production methods have moved on since the manufacture of clay tablets, but the last 50 years has seen probably the greatest change in the history of cartography. Britain has always been at the forefront of cartographic production and Lovell Johns is proud to play a prominent role in the history of cartography in this country. Lovell Johns was founded in 1965, when the Historic Towns Trust approached Colonel Henry Johns to produce a set of maps for their city atlases. The company was set up to meet this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News

UK General Election 2015 – Likely Marginals

With the UK General Election just over a week away, Lovell Johns thought that it would be fitting to create a map to help to visualise and further our knowledge of where the election outcome may be decided. The map was created using data from Election Forecast to show the likely marginals across Great Britain. This data isn’t based on the percentage swing needed for a constituency to change hands, but instead on where election forecasters are unsure which party will win a constituency. There’s a major element of uncertainty in this General Election, and the public are asking themselves if one party will secure enough votes to win by an overall majority, or whether some form of relationship is to be formed between multiple parties. The map has to be taken with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News, Visualisation Maps

Historical Maps – Uses and Changes to Cartographic Production

2015-2016 has been designated International Map Year and will celebrate the history of cartography. Lovell Johns also marks 50 years of cartographic production in 2015, so this seems an appropriate point to reflect on the genre of historical mapping. Historical mapping may be described as images which show a particular event or time in the past, or just a contemporary map from a specific point in time, showing land use and settlement patterns as recorded at that point. Researchers and academics may use historical maps to show movements of peoples, ancient boundaries or how a modern landscape interacts with the older underlying detail. Family history enthusiasts may have an interest in how an area looked at a certain time in the past, particularly to compare with a newer pattern. Lovell Johns’ own … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News

The Impartial Cartographer and Disputed Territories

The use of geographic names on maps has been a contentious issue since the first maps were produced – local variants are present in all parts of the globe and surveyors and cartographers have long attempted to standardise names and to provide consistency in naming conventions. Political sensitivity and local bias all play a part in the accurate definition of place and feature names. Having been in the business of making maps for 50 years, Lovell Johns’ cartographers are all very aware of the issues when choosing what name to place on a map. These are some of the factors that we have to be aware of when making these key decisions. Common familiarity There are occasions where an older, more commonly known version of a name is still referenced for familiarity and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News

Fifty Shades of Grey (Map)

Fifty Shades of Grey The erotic romance film, Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the hugely successful novel by EL James, was released on Valentine’s Day weekend in around forty countries around the world. Early results have show that the film has actually broken box office opening weekend records in eleven of these territories (according to Box Office Mojo). Here at Lovell Johns, we thought it would be fitting to create a map (see below), to represent this data using a colour scheme that consists of fifty shades of grey. It’s fair to say the film has made an impact in the UK, as the film’s distributors Universal Studios, saw the UK’s largest opening weekend in history at $21.1m. Universal Studios also saw its highest ever opening take in France, Russia, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News, Visualisation Maps

Business Improvement District (BID) Mapping

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined area in which local businesses contribute a levy to promote the area to encourage customers and invite investment. The Business Improvement District (BID) members are likely to be made up of people from the local community, each with a vested interest in a local retail outlet or commercial business. These may be retail outlet owners, business people or local council members. Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) were introduced by Government legislation and they tend to run for a set period, following which a vote takes place to decide on progress. The Business Improvement District may then continue to operate for a further period. As a Business Improvement District (BID) tends to cover a small geographic area, a Business Improvement District (BID) map will often be … Read entire article »

Filed under: MAPit Business, Mapping News

Lovell Johns announces Management Buyout from Times Media Group

The management team (comprising of David Stephens and Liz Murray) of Lovell Johns has successfully completed a management buyout of the business from Times Media Group, one of South Africa’s largest newspaper and magazine publishers. Lovell Johns is one of the UK’s largest independent mapping services companies offering a range of cartographic services to mapping and reference publishers worldwide. Alongside cartographic services, we will continue to provide GI solutions to the public and private sector throughout the UK and Europe. Another core part of the business is our house publishing brand Maps International, which is a well-known name online and on the high-street. Maps International publishes a range of wall maps including the UK’s bestselling World Wall Map* alongside a range of Continental and British Isles Maps. David Stephens said “We believe this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping News

Mapping Survey Results Using GIS

Questionnaires are a cost-effective way of collecting data from customers or members of the public. To understand the results, we often start by summarising responses in the form of tables, summary statistics, graphs and charts. Many questionnaires, however, may benefit from spatial analysis. Mapping survey results in this way can highlight important geographical trends that might not be apparent from the raw data. Take the following examples: A tourism company would like to analyse customer satisfaction. An action group would like to interpret and present results relating to a major planning application. An event organiser would like to change their marketing approach for their next event based on an online survey of previous attendees. In all these cases, it is obvious that analysing and presenting the data spatially could highlight a specific geographic tendency or … Read entire article »

Filed under: MAPit Business, Mapping

Scare Story or an Inevitability?

With just one week before the historic referendum for Scotland’s independence from the UK, Labour leader Ed Miliband revealed that guards will be put on the Scottish border, where passport and ID checks ‘would have to be looked at.’ The union between Scotland and the UK is one that has served over 300 years now, and could soon be broken if the referendum is to go ahead. Manned border posts may be introduced, and Mr. Miliband stated in an interview, with last weeks Scottish Mail on Sunday ‘If you don’t want borders, vote to stay in the United Kingdom.’ Milibands spokesman also added ‘The last time I looked there were two sides to the border- and we would be in charge of one of them. It would be up to us, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping, Mapping News, Visualisation Maps

Mapping Provision Using GIS

With the current financial issues faced by the public sector, the need for provision mapping is becoming increasingly important. Education, health and community-based services can all take advantage of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to map and analyse current provision. GIS can be used to: Locate and store your provision locations Analyse provision against demographics Suggest areas which lack provision Suggest areas that can be centralised Make and present maps Provision first needs to be mapped or ‘geocoded’ to find a geographical position. GIS can be used to find approximate locations by postcode unit, or by full address. Within a GIS, your provision can be displayed and coloured by a category against background mapping. Provision locations can be displayed against specific service-based boundaries such as Health Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups or Local Education Authorities. Provision can be viewed or … Read entire article »

Filed under: MAPit Business, Mapping

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Lovell Johns Mapping Company - Our Websites

Lovell Johns has evolved over time and now offers a range of products and services through 3 brands shown below.

Maps International - Online Map Shop Digital Services for Publishers Business Map Centre - Mapping for Business