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William Smith Folded Maps

The Library is now selling folded copies of William Smith's 1815 map of England and Wales

William Smith Online

William Smith Cross-Section

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History's collection of William Smith's maps, papers & diaries, digitised & available online.

William Smith Bicentenary

William Smith (23 March 1769 - 28 August 1839)

In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales.

Smith’s map made a seminal contribution to the understanding of the ground beneath our feet and by showing the location of coal, iron ore, clays and other raw materials quite literally fuelled the industrial revolution. By using fossils Smith was able to establish a relative chronology which allowed him to identify strata of the same age and to show where they occur at the surface.

In his centenary history of the Geological Society, Horace B Woodward, (1908) describes the map as “a work of genius planned and executed single handed” and it would be remiss if the bicentenary of its publication passed unnoticed.

In 2015, a number of organisations are joined together for year-long programme of events celebrating this milestone.


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William Smith goes to school!

12 - 16 October 2015

Venue: 10 schools across the North East of England - More information available soon

  • Workshop

William Smith and Career Problems with Geology

13 October 2015

Venue: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford

  • Evening meeting

Superposition and Correlation: William Smith's principles applied to 21st century Yorkshire

31 October - 01 November 2015

Venue: University Campus, Scarborough

  • Lecture
  • Social event

The Geologists' Association: North Staffordshire Lecture


Venue: North Staffordshire, Venue to be Confirmed

  • Lecture

Celebrating the Genius of William 'Strata' Smith

01 November 2015

Venue: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

  • Conference
  • Field trip
  • Lecture
  • Social event

William Smith Meeting 2015 (Part 2) - 200 Years and Beyond: The Future of Geological Mapping

05 November 2015

Venue: Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Conference
  • Lecture

Poetry Reading at Exeter University

19 November 2015

Venue: Queen's Building, Exeter University

  • Social event

Delineation of the Stratification of Rocks

03 December 2015

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Social event
  • Lecture
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The following organisations came together to celebrate the life and work of William Smith.

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The Geological Society
Geologists' AssociationSomersetshire Coal Canal
National Museum WalesOxford Museum of Natural History
Natural History Museum
University of Bristol
British Geological Survey
Yorkshire Museums Trust
Bath Geological SocietyYorkshire Philosophical Society
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Portrait of William Smith

A bicentennial celebration of the first geological map of England and Wales in 1815, is the largest online collection of Smith maps.

A free education resource, it allows users to view the maps in 3D, compare editions and overlay with modern geological maps.

Visit the William Smith Map

William Smith's 1815 map is on display at Burlington House