Tag Archives: places

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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Help us record place names from old maps

Today we are launching a new website, http://www.gb1900.org, which needs your help! We are looking for on-line volunteers to transcribe and confirm all the place names from early twentieth century six inch to one mile scale maps of Great Britain. … Continue reading

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Integrating Onomastic Data seminar

Last week we participated in the sixteenth meeting of the Baltic Division of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) who held a seminar on Integration of onomastic data into geo-spatial infrastructure. The paper Humphrey Southall and … 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 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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Working with our descriptive gazetteers

A couple of my recent posts have been about defining additional places. This work has partly been about finding geographical locations for administrative units which were previously defined by hierarchic position, meaning the county or district they were part of. … Continue reading

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Another 1,600 places added to A Vision of Britain through Time

This is a particularly big extension, just in time for Christmas. Pretty much all villages of any size are now covered, whether or not any administrative units were named after them. Adding places Adding “places” is not about extending our … Continue reading

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Digital Humanities Workshops 2011

The Space and Time in the Digital Humanities Workshop ‘Place, Period, Event – Entity-based Approaches to Space and Time‘, hosted by NeDiMAH and JISC took place in London on the 30th November 2011. NeDiMAH is the European Science Foundation funded … Continue reading

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New publication: On Historical Gazetteers

This article has just been published: Humphrey Southall, Ruth Mostern and Merrick Lex Berman, “On historical gazetteers”, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Vol. 5 (2011), pages 127-145. It can be accessed online here, so long as you can … Continue reading

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Hundreds more places added

Another 650 or so “places” have just been added to A Vision of Britain. The majority are based on ecclesiastical parishes, and with the exception of the City of London parishes the only “unplaced” ecclesiastical parishes left are in Cheshire, … Continue reading

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