Sample Time Maps

Clickkk on the following links to run the sample time maps.
An explanation of how to use the time map viewer can be found on our Help page .

Cromwell in Ireland (By the day)
This map shows Cromwell's campaign in Ireland from 15 August 1649 to 27 October 1651. The time steps at intervals of one day. This map was used at DRH 2003 to show how data can be extracted from a temporal database and combined with GIS data to create a time map.

Cromwell in Ireland (By the hour)
This map is the same as the one above except that the time step interval is one hour.

This map is used to illustrate the development of Berlin to undergraduates at Liverpool Hope.

Note that this map includes labels which are not the same as object names. Labels are objects which are not semantically associated in XML with the objects they describe on the map. Labels were added to improve the effectiveness of the map when it was used as a teaching aid. One day we shall make the object names more flexible in presentation and so do away with the need for labels.

The coordinate system for this map is arbitrary.

RC Churches and Railways in North Wirral
This map shows the development of the Roman Catholic Churches and the railway network in North Wirral, Cheshire, England.

The information is taken from :

  • "Catholic Cheshire, An Historical Guide" by Brian Plumb, 

Published by North West Catholic History Society 2001

  • "A Regional History of the Railways of  Great Britain Vol 10 The North West by Geoffrey O Holt, 

Published by David & Charles 1978

The closing dates of some of the railway lines are unknown to me. I would be grateful for any guidance on them.

You will find links to images of the interiors of the churches of:

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Joseph
  • St Anne

by clicking on their icons on the map.

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

This map shows the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (thicker black lines) from 1825 to 1910 in Lancashire. It also shows relevant London & North West Railway (thin black lines) and the Cheshire Lines (thin green line south of Southport).

Lines under construction are shown in red which changes to black on completion.

We have added two stations in detail to show the possibilities of modelling down to the smallest level. These will be found along the branch line to the north west of Bury from 1882 onwards. Use the zoom-in facilities to see them in detail.

There are placeholder time-sensitive hyperlinks on Preston and Wigan to illustrate how you can link relevant information to the time map. The target page is determined according to the map time.

The coordinate system for this map is the Ordnance Survey Grid.

This map shows the movement of the French, Prussian and Anglo-Dutch corps from 9th June to 19th June 1815 at one hourly intervals.

If anyone knows where and when the French slept for the night - I would be glad to know.


This map of Napoleon's 1812 campaign in Russia is inspired by the map of Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870).

It demonstrates how movement over time is shown. It also shows how a statistic about an object can be shown changing with time. In this case, the numerical strength of the Grand Army at any given moment is proportional to the area of the symbol representing the army.

The coordinate system for this map is arbitrary.

This map is used to illustrate the development of Liverpool to undergraduates at Liverpool Hope. It needs more work but is able to do a limited job successfully.

Berlin Growing
This demonstration shows graphically the populations of Berlin, Magdeburg and Frankfort am Oder changing with time between 1848 and 1945. Each city is represented by a circle whose area is proportional to the population. The map is based on 5 or 6 values for each city. The 'in-betweening' is done by linear interpolation. On a graph it is like drawing straight lines between each of the points.

Border Wars
We have invented this one. This demonstration shows how a time map can show political changes over a period of time. It also shows town names changing with political allegiances. A label is used to identify events. One day we will have the time to do the Franco-German border properly.

Distributed Border Wars (under construction)
This demonstration is the same as the one above except that the town objects, Rome and Lyons are being loaded from a different server to show that a map can include objects from anywhere on the web.

This demonstration is also invented. It shows how time maps can show areas and rivers changing in shape over time.