Included in the map layers is information about topics like WWII bomb damage, relative Victorian wealth and poverty using Charles’ Booth’s poverty map, ancient history and archaeology, and London’s worst disasters. As well as browsing through history, members of the public can view records contributed by Londoners from all walks of life or add their own stories and histories to the website.
Adam Corsini, public engagement officer says ‘At times like these when people are forced to stay at home, the places where we live suddenly become more meaningful. Layers of London enables people to discover the stories of such places and to share them too. We are keen to encourage people to delve into the history of where they live, and to share any photos they may have of London’s places at different points in time.’
Layers of London’s crowdsourcing activities also offer families the chance to do online tracing to convert key historic maps into online searchable versions. Additionally, the Layermaker activity lets people help piece together aerial photos taken after World War II to discover how their neighbourhood was affected, and whether it took protective measures - like putting in place barricades or ‘dragon’s teeth’ or creating allotments.
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