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London Picture Map

London Picture Map

The London Picture Map has been created out of the world’s largest collection of drawings, paintings and photos.

This new website, ‘Collage, the London Picture Map’,  is an exciting presentation of the enormous collection of images of London’s streets collated and curated by the London Metropolitan Archives and now hosted by them online. This new initiative is going to be a dynamic online collection, being added to from what it estimates could be over two million archived images.  The London Picture Map includes 250,000 images of London dating from 1450 to the present day. The images are available to view via an interactive map so the viewer can select a street and see what images there are for that location.

Not all the images appear on the map so as not to overwhelm the viewer.

Map of London

How to search the London Picture Map.

The viewer can type the location, for example we searched for Leadenhall and got a return of 411 images. Once an image is selected it is returned with a full description, it can be enlarged, downloaded as a pdf or printed for personal use only. If you wish to use the images for commercial use then you will need to apply for a licence.

The viewer can also search by subject, we searched for churches and got a return of 4683, wonderful paintings, sketches and photos but you can be more granular and still get a good set of results.

Using the map for family and local history projects.

What a great resource for adding images to your family history narrative. Everyone loves to compare streets they live in now with how they looked in the past. As long as you are using these images for your own private use it is possible to inject a new perspective of your ancestors lives. There might even be a lucky find, searching for images of Walnut Tree Walk Lambeth returned a photo of a shop that my husbands family worked in.

London Picture map

The fronts of buildings often change, windows and doors replaced, the office you are sitting in might have looked very different a hundred years ago. This is a great first step into making this incredible archive easily accessible and therefore used by the public. Curation is the key to these collections, we fund it out of the public purse so the more that can be done to make our national archives available to all, the better.

 

 

Post 1754 Marriage Registers

Post 1754 Marriage Registers

Post 1754 marriage registers following Hardwickes Act of the same year give a wealth of information for the family and local historian. Details of the bride and groom are obvious but who were the witnesses and what was their relationship to the couple?

Tariff Reform League

Tariff Reform League

The Tariff Reform League was the 1903 dream of Joseph Chamberlain, he rejected free trade, what can we learn from this in the build up to Brexit? Was he misguided in his political view or did he have a point of view worth re-examining in light of the upcoming trade negotiations?

English Medieval Pilgrimage

English Medieval Pilgrimage

The English Medieval pilgrimage holds up a mirror to what life was really like in Britain during these fraught and terrifying times. Who undertook these journeys and why?

Britain After Waterloo the British Disillusion

Britain After Waterloo the British Disillusion

What happened to Britain after Waterloo? What did the victory mean to the population and why was there a British disillusion for the following 20 years? Britain seemed to implode as an economic bomb went off under her feet.

Hugh Myddleton the New River

Hugh Myddleton the New River

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Industrial Inventions and Innovations
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Intriguing London

Sir Hugh Myddleton was a brilliant 17th century engineer who was in part responsible for improving the water supply to London via the New River project which still provides 8% of the capitals water supply.

Richard III Bosworth

Richard III Bosworth

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series House of York

King Richard III Bosworth Field, where the King stood and faced the army of Henry Tudor and was defeated, his crown left tumbeld under a thorn bush, his body unceremoniously dumped at Grey Friars Leicester. This week is re-buried at Leicester Cathedral.