Historypin is a digital time machine that provides a new way for the world to see and share history, using Google Maps and Street View. The site allows users to share images – of streets or buildings, cities or villages – from their personal photo albums, as well as stories behind them. It’s a really unique use of Street View which means pictures can be dated as well as geo-tagged and then “pinned” into place on top of modern Street View photography for people to explore over time. It’s also a great way to get different generations hanging out together over family album.
VE Day parade from 1945 in Leeds, North of England:
“Project aims to start millions of new conversations between old and young, motivating older people to share their history while younger people share their digital skills. Historypin has ambitions to become world’s largest user-generated communal archive of historic images and stories and anyone, anywhere can get involved. Pictures have been provided from individuals as well as various national archives, including such diverse contributors as Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, the Royal Albert Hall and Arsenal FC,” writes Google.
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