Author Archives: Humphrey Southall

About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth

New travel writer: William Gilpin, Observations on the River Wye

We have just added another book to our collection of historical British travel writing, William Gilpin’s Observations of the River Wye, and several parts of South Wales (London: Cadell Junior and W. Davies, 1800), describing journeys along the whole length … Continue reading

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Adding the Isle of Man

The original Britain was strictly limited to England, Scotland and Wales. We are working on adding Ireland, and you will already find a few Irish “places” in the system. Recently we have made a more modest extension, to the Isle … Continue reading

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Improvements to our “Places” gazetteer

We have just made some changes to our list of “places”. Firstly, back when we first created the “places” gazetteer in 2004, its core was a list of all Civil Parishes in 1911. As a result the gazetteer contained a … Continue reading

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New article on GBH GIS/”Vision of Britain” information architecture

An article has just appeared in the journal Historical Methods about the information architecture underlying the web site A Vision of Britain through Time: Rebuilding the Great Britain Historical GIS, Part 2: A Geo-Spatial Ontology of Administrative Units (Historical Methods, … Continue reading

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A page we don’t want you to see …

Touch wood, we have sorted out the problem that caused the new site to crash just a couple of days after it went live, but there will inevitably continue to be occasional “outages” — and Murphy’s Law specifies that they … Continue reading

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New Expert Search for “places”

This is the first of a series of posts about new features in the site we launched last week. In the previous version of A Vision of Britain through Time, the Expert Search page just linked to various other pages … Continue reading

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Vision of Britain 2.5 goes live

We are now running a new version of the web site A Vision of Britain through Time on a new server. There are a lot of changes, and we will be making a whole series of posts about them, but … Continue reading

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Tidying house before the move

We have just added a few more places and units, and a lot more names and relationships to A Vision of Britain through Time: The 77 new “places” include all remaining “Ancient Districts” — Hundreds, Wapentakes, ancient Boroughs etc — … Continue reading

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Workshop: Working Digitally with Historical Maps (New York Public Library, Feb 25th)

This one day workshop includes the launch of our new Old Maps Online web site. It forms part of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, but is being held in the South Court Auditorium of the Schwarzman … Continue reading

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Detailed occupational statistics for individual parishes in 1881 now on-line

We have just made a very large addition to the statistical content in A Vision of Britain through Time: detailed occupational structure data for each Civil Parish in England and Wales in 1881. However they are a little hard to … Continue reading

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