About the project

Know Your Place is a digital heritage mapping project to help you to explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, collections and linked information.

Know Your Place – West of England covers Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the former Avon area. It will provide unprecedented online access to historical maps, onto which users can add information about their local area, building a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone.

The project runs until June 2017 and will provide comprehensive cover of the modern counties of South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset and Somerset.

The project has been awarded £379,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with generous match-funding and in-kind support from local authorities and heritage groups in the region, including £5,000 match-funding from the lead partner, South Gloucestershire Council.

Project Aims

We are being funded to achieve the following Approved Purposes:

  • To scan, digitise and geo-reference historical maps from Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset.
  • To expand the existing ‘Know Your Place’ Bristol website to include historical maps from the West of England area.
  • To recruit and train volunteers.
  • To deliver basic conservation of fragile maps.
  • To create a mobile app.
  • To create an exhibition to be toured to venues.
  • To deliver a range of heritage learning activities including talks and presentations, a blog, heritage walks, school resource packs and oral histories.
  • To upload condition surveys of heritage assets to the website.

Our work







Map Digitisation

1518 out of 1518 maps have been digitised.


Volunteer work on maps

Preparing digitised maps by cropping and georeferencing so they can go online.


West of England on the map

Wiltshire, Bath & NE Somerset and Gloucestershire are now mapped with more data to be added soon.


Community projects

Community projects starting Spring 2017.


Know Your Place West of England (South Gloucestershire, begun 2015)

Website of Know Your Place West of England's lead partner, South Gloucestershire Council.

Know Your Place (Bristol, begun 2011)

Where it all started, in Bristol's planning department in 2011...

Know Your Bristol (University of Bristol, begun 2012)

A successful spin-off project led by the University of Bristol from 2012.

Mapping LGBT + Bristol (Outstories Bristol, begun 2015)

The latest in a series of Know Your Place spin-offs, mapping LGBT history in Bristol.

Know Your Place Bristol brochure

Information about the Know Your Place project in Bristol. How it came about, what the project has achieved since 2011 and future plans.