Tag: digitisation

At the Archives #1 A minimalist approach

At the Archives #1 A minimalist approach In the first of two blog articles, Collections Care Conservator Rachel Wales reveals the preparatory conservation work behind-the-scenes at Gloucestershire Archives to prepare historic tithe maps for digitisation by the Know Your Place project: “At Gloucestershire Archives, we gather, keep and share the documentary history of two counties […]

Christmas Newsletter: Update 16th December 2016

Reflecting on the Year In our last newsletter of 2016, we take time out from the Christmas rush to reflect on what we have achieved over the past twelve months.   Four Counties now mapped onto Know Your Place   In early February we began the growth of Know Your Place. KYP South Gloucestershire was […]

What makes the Cut? Choosing maps for Know Your Place

Peter Insole reveals the selection criteria for maps added onto Know Your Place. Know Your Place (KYP) was created in 2011 with funding from English Heritage (now Historic England) with the intention of sharing as much information about the history of Bristol as possible. One of the main historic sources we wanted to make available […]

New Tools from Old Maps: digitising Ordnance Survey mapping

by Dr. Philip Hatfield, Lead Curator, Digital Maps, British Library The British Library (http://www.bl.uk) is in a process of change. After centuries of collecting material in printed form the Library now looks to acquire and store for the long term increasing amounts of content in digital formats. Why is this? Well, for maps most content […]

Project Update #8 – 29th February 2016

Get on the Map With our first area of the West of England now mapped on Know Your Place, we are encouraging everyone to take some time to explore its maps and features. Have you visited yet? We are especially keen to encourage residents or researchers of South Gloucestershire’s rich history to participate in the project by […]

Hidden Gems – Revealing the rich heritage to be discovered on Know Your Place

By Peter Insole, City Design Group, Bristol City Council This is one of 600 images from the Braikenridge Collection that can be viewed on Know Your Place. The collection of early nineteenth century images is held at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and although many of them have appeared in books over the years, […]

What’s in it for us? SGMRG reveals how Know Your Place will help their research

by Ken Kemp, Secretary, South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group   The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) has about a hundred members who research, publicise and would like to conserve the rich industrial heritage of coal mining in the area. Many people are not aware of how important our area and Bristol were in the […]

Who Left That Hole There? The pitfalls of digitisation

by Dr. Philip Hatfield, Lead Curator, Digital Maps, British Library   Providing increasing amounts of historic content online is an important part of what modern collections do. The reasons for this are simple, digitisation allows collections to be used in different ways and, perhaps most importantly, makes the information they contain available to users who […]

Putting South Gloucestershire on the map

News Release: Announcing the launch of Know Your Place South Gloucestershire For the first time, historical maps of South Gloucestershire are now freely available online thanks to the Know Your Place West of England project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Know Your Place is a free digital mapping resource that enables you to explore […]

Project Update #6 18.DEC.2015

Partners Progress Meeting #2 The project held its second progress meeting for partners in Chippenham on 7th December 2015, with 13 in attendance and 8 different partner organisations represented. As usual, we had a lively discussion with lots of good ideas and questions and a consultation workshop to map out some of the project’s work […]