Telling a story through interactive mapping

The importance of collecting historical accounts and preserving them for future generations.

Think of a city. Within that city, there are thousands of buildings. Each of those buildings has a story. Has someone famous lived there? Was it the site of an important discovery?

Was one of the best-loved pieces of pop music composed there? What was there before it was what it is now? As the old expression goes “there are eight million stories in the naked city” and Humap can help you to bring them all together.

Great stories have the power to move us and inspire us. They give us a fire in our belly and make us want to be in the place they’re hearing about. Interactive maps can do just this.

Telling a great story isn’t as simple as putting words on a page; you need to make your readers care about what they’re taking in. Showing places on a map is all well and good, but if they can see sights, hear sounds, feel the historical fabric of the area, they’re a lot more likely to be absorbed by it all.

Great stories have the power to move us and inspire us. They give us a fire in our belly and make us want to be in the place they’re hearing about. Interactive maps can do just this. Something that Humap can do which is quite unique is help to create a feeling of community cohesiveness through storytelling. Humap communities have the power to collate stories from local residents and shop owners, some of whom have probably lived and worked in the area for many decades, and put them all together on an interactive map. There is nothing richer than human experience when it comes to storytelling and that is what we hope to inspire.

Layers of London record screenshot, ‘Helena Normanton, QC (1882-1957)’

It’s so important to collect these types of stories and preserve them for future generations. Oral history can give depth and greater understanding to existing historical records and unless we start taking note of what people have to say, then their stories pass away with them. That is a truly tragic thought.

Humap isn’t just useful to existing communities – it can be a vital tool for new and emerging communities. If you’re moving to an area which is an entirely new development, wouldn’t you want to know a little about the surrounding area and what it has to offer? New parents can find baby groups. Teenagers can find youth clubs. Young professionals can find the best places to see live music. All with a few clicks of an interactive map. It’s an incredible way to get a lot of information into a relatively small space that can benefit an enormous amount of people.

We’re passionate about extolling the virtues of Humap and all of its amazing features, but we also love a challenge and working out new ways that Humap can enhance your business. If you’d like to know more about enhancing your storytelling, take the first step and get in touch. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Main image: Taken from the Layers of London website record ‘Archaeological excavations at 30-36 Upper Clapton Road, Hackney’.