from the creators of Layers of London

Humap connects place with people, events, and artefacts

Digital maps for heritage, cultural and academic projects – where the human story is at the heart of your content.

Humap map detail

Mapping history and society


Humap is designed to tell the human story by place, showing complex narratives in a visually understandable way. It allows users to interactively explore records and maps and facilitates new research pathways.

Records can be created and uploaded over time as projects are conceived, extended and completed. Many different organisations and communities can work together on the same project to add their content. Whether you are an academic, a museum, school or community group, Humap can help.

Humap record detail

A record of human endeavour


A record can be an event, a building, a person, an object or a feature in a landscape. Add text and images, audio, video and links. Attribute and source it. Make it findable with tagging and open searching.

Records can be grouped into collections by whatever they have in common. Multiple collections can be viewed together or separately on the map. Walking trails and historic journeys can be created, where records are ordered and show as paths on the map.

Humap overlay detail

Overlays of history or data

Humap is designed to show layers of geo-rectified maps on top of a modern base map. Maps can be grouped together to form one layer and multiple layers shown. Users can switch them on and off, make them transparent or reorder them. But layers don’t have to be maps; plans, networks and borders can be overlayed too.

Why Humap?

Humap solves some recurring themes present in your industry...

Project legacy

So many great projects have disappeared once the funding has finished or the technology has changed. With no one to look after them, all that work slowly sets off into the sunset.

Humap keeps your project relevant for the future; it is hosted, maintained, and upgraded as an ongoing platform. When you want to come back and add more, your project will be ready to resume.

Community

If community engagement is your focus, Humap’s crowd sourcing capability makes adding user stories easy and intuitive.



Collections can be added by diverse groups and in their own time, helping your project to grow organically. Your audience will be delighted by the ease-of-use when engaging with your project.

User experience

Informed by detailed user testing, Humap is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. It doesn’t clutter your site with esoteric widgets that only experts know how to use.



Humap looks and feels like no other map-based platform on the market. Your audience will be delighted by the ease-of-use when engaging with your project.

Current customers

Who's using the Humap platform?

  • Institute of Historic Research
  • Marshall University
  • Layers of London
  • Islington Council
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Coventry City of Culture

Use cases

Dig a little bit deeper


An unexhaustive list of Humap features

  • Engage your audience in digital co-curation activities like geo-referencing and tagging
  • Crowd-source new content from participants, featuring audio, video, images, text and more
  • Display and explore curated and crowdsourced content on the same map
  • Customise the functions to suit the specific needs of your project
  • Build a custom brand and design for your project
  • Host Humap on your own domain, or embed it into your existing website
  • Ensure the legacy of your project after funding ends
  • Export raw data for academic study and archiving
  • Integrate with collections management systems and third-party tools
  • Open-source code means peace of mind for the future of your project
Miriam, Humap Head of Partnerships

Speak to Miriam, Head of Partnerships about how we can work together to bring your stories, data, and content to life on Humap.