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National Map Centre

National Map Centre (a division of the CHK Group) has been selling maps for over 150 years, so we know “our” maps! We had a shop retailing maps, atlases and guides in Victoria, London and it was described by a well-known author as a perfect place to “lose” an hour of your life dreaming of foreign travels. But a specific on-line retailer is a tough competitor to contend with and the shop closed its doors for the final time in September 2011. The PlanningMaps service was operated out of the Victoria shop and we decided to relocate it to Kent, where we had a branch already.

The Team in Kent

Colin Brown (centre) is the Manager of the Rainham branch, and if you call the office, he is the most likely person to answer the ‘phone. He loves maps, and gives talks on the history of the Ordnance Survey. Colin is also very involved in music, particularly classical, and motorbikes with his wife, Karen.

Planning Maps Team
Rachael Kingaby (right) started her mapping career in Rainham over 10 years ago, moved to the London shop and
moved back again when she had her first child. She works part-time now,helping Colin with client orders and trying
to introduce National Map Centre to social networking - particularly Facebook.

Mary Smith (left) covers for both Colin and Rachael for holiday leave and in extra busy times. She was persuaded to
move upstairs from the bookshop, which is below the National Map Centre office. She still loves books and you will
be lucky to get her on a Thursday morning – she normally goes to her bookclub.

Ordnance Survey Outstanding Achievement Award

The National Map Centre was honoured with the Ordnance Survey Outstanding Achievement Award each year between 2006 and 2008. Then, unfortunately, the awards were discontinued and no-one has offered to revive them yet!


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