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Interested in maps? Become a Georeferencing Volunteer!

Would you like to help us prepare historic maps to go onto Know Your Place?

We are recruiting volunteers to learn georeferencing – the art of adding geographical co-ordinates to the map images. This role involves computer work from home using our special software. You can read a full role description here.

We are running two training workshops on:

Friday 3rd February at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton, Somerset; and

Monday 6th February at South Gloucestershire Council offices in Yate, South Gloucestershire.

Training is open to all current and new volunteers and will last for approximately 3 hours. Spaces are limited, so contact us to find out more and book your free place.

Call out for Collections Volunteers

Fancy getting hands-on with heritage near you? Over the next few months we are recruiting volunteers to help our partners explore their collections and prepare items for mapping onto Know Your Place. This will involve working on site at selected museum and archive venues to research, digitise, and transcribe collection records.

Organisations in search of volunteers right now are at the:

  • Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre; and
  • Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, both in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Future opportunities are coming up in Somerset and Gloucestershire at:

  • South West Heritage Trust, Taunton;
  • Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucester;
  • And there are likely to be more.

So if you’ve got a half-day a week free to help out, get in touch!

A detailed role description can be found in the resources at the bottom of this page, or here.

So if you would like to get involved, please get in touch telling us where you’d like to volunteer.

Already a volunteer?

Log into the volunteer forum.

Volunteer Forum

Work with us!

Have you thought about putting your heritage on the map? Adding records is easy and anyone can do it. We have written some useful information and links to help you get started.

The project is looking for organisations, local interest groups and community projects working with heritage in the West of England area who might like to collaborate with us.

From family history research to snaps of your local streets, we want to encourage interested individuals, groups and organisations to share your information onto Know Your Place and help it grow into a rich heritage resource for all.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.

Project Partners

The project is collaborating with a range of partners who have offered in-kind support. These are listed or their logo featured below:

  • Avon Industrial Buildings Trust
  • Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society
  • Heritage Schools Historic England
  • National Libraries Scotland
  • North Somerset Council
  • South West Museum Development Programme
  • Wells City Council Archives
  • Yate & District Heritage Centre


Presentation: How to use Know Your Place

Presentation for Heritage organisations interested in using Know Your Place as a digital platform for your collections.

Project Information for Museums.

Information and FAQs for museums interested in finding out more about Know Your Place.

Georeferencing Volunteer Role Description

Georeferencing Volunteer Role Description

Collections Volunteer Role Description

Collections Volunteer Role Description