Layers of London is a map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area. Start exploring now!
Layers of London brings together, for the first time, a really important collection of digitised historic maps, photos and crowd-sources histories provided by the public and key partners across London.
Our partners include: the British Library, The London Metropolitan Archives, Historic England, The National Archives, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and a wide range of national and local archives, institutions, community groups and individuals.
This website allows you to interact with and contribute to many different 'layers' of London's history from the Romans to the present day. These layers include: historic maps, old pictures of buildings, films, recordings, as well as stories about people who have lived and worked in London over the centuries - added to the map by Londoners themselves!
If you need it, we can offer support, equipment, training and collaborative volunteer programmes to support you enriching the map.
Anybody interested in getting involved and finding out about volunteer and collaborative opportunities on the project should subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates:
We hope that Layers of London will launch new local heritage projects across the 32 boroughs of London and we would love to hear from you if you have ideas to share.