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Keeping pupils and students engaged in the digital era can be a struggle.

Read on to find out how The Institute of Historical Research and the Association of Jewish Refugees are using Humap to create educational interactive maps that engage and inspire.

Enrich and complement school curricula

Educational tools need to be able to compete with a world of distractions. 

Interactive, multimedia learning tools that keep pupils and students engaged are the perfect complement to the classroom.

In 2019 the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) released several recommendations on the teaching of Holocaust history. Including local history in the conversation as one of them, and the Association of Jewish Refugees used Humap to create the UK Holocaust Map in response.

Designed to supplement existing school curriculums, the UK Holocaust Map brings together material from several different organisations to create a centralised, multimedia database of UK Holocaust history.

Layers of London, another project on the Humap platform, complements the curriculums for primary, secondary, and ESOL learners on the topics of History, Geography, PSHE, RE, and Design.

In collaboration with their partner institutions, the Layers team also:

  • Created the London-wide #HistoryOfMySchool – a mapping project ideal for extra curricula clubs and groups
  • Delivered outreach sessions to 11 primary schools, 8 secondary, and 5 others.


Image from Layers of London.



“We have received the most wonderful, positive feedback about the U.K. Holocaust Map. Colleagues from across the remembrance and education sector and members of the Jewish community have commented about how much ‘hidden’ history they have had the opportunity to discover – often right at their own doorstep.”
Alex Maws Head of Educational Grants and Projects, Association of Jewish Refugees

Create resources and support educators

A great classroom resource can be accessed from anywhere and be useful for anyone.

Humap can be used to make resources that work for any age group, and our user-generated content feature is a great way to get pupils and students actively thinking.

In addition to their amazing work in the classroom, the Layers of London team has:

  • Created free downloadable classroom resources (KS3 & 4 Geography & ESOL)
  • Curated a collection of popular layers to explore in the classroom
  • Demonstrated how to create a class collection (KS2/3)
  • Ran 24 educational outreach sessions
  • Ran 20 teacher CPD sessions
  • Reached 11 primary schools, 8 secondary, and 5 others.

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