Layers of London: Mapping the City’s Heritage

Imagine being able to peel back the layers of London’s history all the way to the Roman period, and explore interactively – wherever you are – the story of London’s remarkable, diverse and sometimes turbulent history over 2,000 years and its evolution into the city it is today.

The Layers of London project is creating a ground-breaking interactive online map through an extensive programme of public engagement and crowd-sourcing, resulting in a dynamic website allowing users to explore and engage with London’s history.

Lead by the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Layers of London is a partnership with the British Library, Museum of London Archaeology, Historic England, London Metropolitan Archive, Birbeck, the National Archives, and a wide range of local partners.  These include HHS members Jennifer Bell, Joanna Bornat and John Hinshelwood who, with the Haringey First World War Peace Forum are involved with this very exciting project.

The HFWWPF work is one of the first examples of how the map can be used, in this instance, to tell the stories of Haringey’s conscientious objectors during the First World War.