This event will be held in the Stanfords exhibition space 10 Langley Street WC2H 9JG on the corner of Langley Street and Shelton Street.
Starting at 7pm, doors open from 6.30pm
Adam Corsini is the University of London’s Public Engagement Officer for Layers of London. He is the creator of several award winning public engagement projects, resulting in sector-leading models of best practice for both heritage volunteering and visitor involvement.
Layers of London is a free online map-based resource, gathering together for the first time digitised versions of London’s most important historical maps. Key heritage organisations, including the British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, Historic England, The National Archives and Museum of London Archaeology, have worked together to share aspects of their London collections. The result presents a holistic, accessible view of London over time and space and showcases the technical skills of London’s cartology pioneers. The map directory includes 13th century medieval London, Rocque’s 18th century 10 mile round map, 19th Century Booth Poverty maps, and WWII Bomb Damage maps. Supplementary data sets such as listed buildings, underground rivers and London’s archaeology add context to the maps themselves, which by fading in and out allow users to discover how areas have developed and reacted to social and economic changes.
The project also encourages anyone to contribute their own local histories, memories, images and stories, building records and collections that enrich this unique historical resource for the future. Recent collecting campaigns include #RememberHer (recording London’s memorials to females), #MapLondonPubs (a London wide project to record public houses past and present) and the mapping of blue plaques of black Londoners for Black History Month.
This interactive talk will give a background to the project and an overview of its content, before using audience suggestions to explore London’s histories. It will also demonstrate how you can be part of the project and join in with the latest campaign #25DecLondon, collecting memories of how Londoners from different cultures and backgrounds spend Christmas day.
London, WC2H 9JG