Celebrating our 80th Anniversary

Times may have drastically changed for the mapping industry, but A-Z’s commitment and passion for helping the UK find their way around remains unshaken. Over the last 80 years, A-Z has grown from its humble beginnings to become the largest independent map company in the UK.

2016 marks the 80th anniversary of Geographers’ A-Z Map Company. To celebrate, the team at A-Z are embarking on a major project which highlights and shares our fascinating eight decade history. Beginning on the 8th of July we’ll be publishing a historical photograph from our archive every day for 80 days.

Take a look at this fascinating collection of images on our new 80th anniversary blog.

We’d also like to see any of your own historical photos featuring A-Z maps so please share them with us via social media. Make sure you mention us on Facebook/twitter/Instagram and use the hashtag #AZ80 to be featured.

Competition time!

We’re running a competition to celebrate #AZ80 and need you to get involved! By entering you’ll get the chance to win a reproduction of the 1938/39 A to Z London Street Atlas (RRP £9.95). This publication shows the streets of London as they were before the Second World War bombing and the redevelopments that followed and may be of assistance in tracing family history for that period. We will be giving 3 copies away, one on each social media platform (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram)

London A-Z cover

How to enter

Facebook rules and how to enter:

  • Ensure you have liked the A-Z Facebook page
  • Like the competition post and tell us in a comment why you’d like to win this map – make sure your comment is public for us to see it
  • The winner will be announced Friday 29th July at around 12pm

Instagram rules and how to enter:

  • Ensure you are following us on Instagram
  • Like the competition image and tell us in a comment why you’d like to win this map
  • The winner will be announced Friday 29th July at around 12pm

Twitter rules and how to enter:

  • Ensure you are following us on Twitter
  • Retweet and like the competition post
  • The winner will be announced Friday 29th July at around 12pm

Rules and Terms & Conditions

The winner will be announced on the 29th of July 2016. All eligible entries received during the submission period will be gathered into a database at the end of the submission period. A winner will be chosen at random. Announcement and instructions will be sent via e-mail or direct message depending on the platform. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her account for prize notification.

  1. This competition runs from 8th July 2016 to 12pm on 29th July 2016.
  2. Winner(s) will be chosen and announced by A-Z staff on 29th July 2016, around midday. Their decision is final.
  3. The winner(s) will receive a copy of the A to Z London Street Atlas (RRP £9.95)
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter or win a prize.
  5. This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
  6. The name(s) of the winner(s) will be published on our Facebook page or Twitter feed and this blog post after being chosen. If you are chosen as a winner, you’ll need to Direct Message (using Facebook or Twitter) or email us your postal address to claim your prize

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A-Z is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,
registered in Scotland, Company No.27389.
Registered address: Westerhill Road,
Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, G64 2QT.