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Public interpretation of old photos - new historypin.com website launched

For anyone who has an interest in public access to and interpretation of old images you might be interested in www.historypin.com which officially launched on Monday, after about a year in 'beta'.  The launch coincided with the availability of new features and also a mobile app (currently just for Android smartphones).  One of the key features is being able to discover the photographs taken at any location - including the ones taken near where you are - and visualising these both on a map, overlaid on Google Street View, and on your mobile through an interactive viewer.  Aside from the online stuff, they are doing some great community projects bringing together young and old, exploring local history through photographs.

You can find out more at www.historypin.com.  The short videos give a good flavour of how it works.

I have been having a play around and have created a tour of Kew Gardens, exploring the history of the gardens through a small selection of pictures from my own collection.

 

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