Democratise cultural heritage
Throwing open the doors, welcoming new voices, and addressing uncomfortable histories has been the zeitgeist of the past decade in cultural heritage.
Easier said than done, when time, space, and resources are under immense pressure. How are our clients using Humap to democratise heritage?
Layers of London is a £1.3M digital project from the Institute of Historical Research, on the Humap platform. Through user-generated content, the Layers of London project team is changing what it means to engage with the local community and bring new voices into the process of heritage-making.
The interactive map contains over 12,000 crowdsourced records and over 380 collections, as well as modern data and historical map overlays, all contributed by the sizeable Layers of London community and its partner institutions.
Many of our clients use Humap to tell the stories of marginalised groups, historic injustices, and fights for freedom and civil rights. To name just three, Facing the Past uncovers Lancaster’s historic relationship to the transatlantic slave trade, the UK Holocaust Map explores the role that Britain and British people played during that atrocity, and Layers of London has an entire taxonomy dedicated to social justice and the people who fought for it.
Image based on the Charles Booth poverty map, hosted on Layers of London.