Layers of London: mapping the city's heritage

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Historical Research

Research interests:
Ancient History, Culture, Digital resources, Globalization & Development, History, Metropolitan history, Modern History
Africa, Africa, Asia, Asia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Project period:
09-Jan-2017 - 28-Feb-2020
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

 Imagine being able to peel back the layers of London’s history, exploring interactively the story of London’s
remarkable history over 2000 years and its evolution into the world city of today. London’s heritage has been
shaped by its people, who in turn have been influenced by the experience of living and working here.
Our project will:
-Engage a large number and wide range of people with London’s heritage through an innovative programme
of public outreach and engagement activities (see below)
- Make accessible some of Britain’s most important collections of maps, images and other resources held by
London’s main heritage centres through a new online Portal
- Working with boroughs, societies and archives, train at least 600 volunteers and engage with 80,000
schoolchildren across London, involving hundreds of thousands of online users in heritage content creation
- Be a co-production with the public, using online tools, workshops, training events and social media to involve
people across London’s diverse boroughs and beyond in the planning and implementation of the Portal
- Create a lasting heritage legacy beyond the funding period through: a sustainable online portal allowing
content creation for at least 20 years; digital and historical skills training enabling Londoners to pursue their
own heritage projects; and local projects instigated through our engagement programmes.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Professor Matthew Davies Professor of Urban History Institute of Historical Research SAS