Irish Historic Towns Atlas


The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. Thus Irish towns can be studied in their European context. Map of European towns atlases

IHTA Annual Seminar 23 May 2014


The Irish Historic Towns Atlas annual seminar, 'Maps and Texts: using the Irish Historic Towns Atlas – Georgian and Victorian Towns', will take place in Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Friday 23 May 2014. The third and final seminar in the 'Maps and Texts: using the Irish Historic Towns Atlas' series will examine themes such as towns with military barracks, the big house and town improvement, canals, railways, public buildings and valuation maps. Speakers include Toby Barnard, Arnold Horner, David Fleming, Jacinta Prunty, Helene Bradley, Frank Cullen, Rob Goodbody and David Dickson. This series has run from 2012 to 2014 and has compared towns from a chronological and interdisciplinary perspective.

Attendance is free but booking is required. Email or phone +353-1-6762570 ext. 207 to secure a place.




Do you have five minutes to complete a survey on how the IHTA is being used and how it may be used in the future? Please CLICK HERE for the survey. 


The GIS-based Digital Atlas of Derry~Londonderry was officially launched on Wednesday 11 September 2013 in the Tower Museum, Union Hall Place, Derry by Derry City Mayor, Councillor Martin Reilly.

Get the flash player here:


The project is a joint collaboration between Derry City Council's Heritage and Museum Service, the Royal Irish Academy and Queen's University Belfast that used the content from Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 15, Derry~Londonderry by Avril Thomas. The Digital Atlas of Derry~Londonderry is a UK City of Culture project. It is currently being updated and will be available shortly at

Sample from the Digital Atlas of Derry~Londonderry

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