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What we have changed in the content

GB1900 project – first case study

The GB1900 project, to transcribe all the text from OS six inch to the mile maps of Great Britain from around 1900, is progressing well. Since launch in late September our 866 registered volunteers have between them done over 1.6million … Continue reading

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Updating Vision of Britain to include 2011 census information

We are currently working to revise A Vision of Britain through Time to include the 2011 Census of Population. Our aim is to launch a revised site in the spring of 2016. This means not just adding 2011 statistical data, … Continue reading

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New travel writing: Thomas Pennant’s tour of Scotland in 1769

We have just added another tour to our collection of travel writing. This is Thomas Pennant’s A Tour in Scotland 1769, joining his later The Journey from Chester to London (1780). The book ends with a simple list of the … Continue reading

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We now have more detailed Irish historical maps

We are continuing to improve our coverage of Ireland. Up to now, the only historical mapping was what we have for more or less the whole of Europe: 1:500,000 maps published by the British General Staff Geographical Survey in the … Continue reading

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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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