Project Team

Matthew Davies (Project Director) 

Matthew is a historian based at Birkbeck, University of London where he is dean of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. His main area of research is the history of medieval and early modern London (1300-1700). Over the years he has run a number of different projects on London's history, some of which involved creating and using websites, maps and other digital tools. Find out more at 


Seif El Rashidi (Project Manager) 

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Seif El Rashidi is an 'applied historian' whose work involves preserving historic places, objects, and information, and enabling public engagement with them.  What inspires him most about Layers of London is that it encourages historians and non-historians alike to share their histories, and that it can serve as a model for other places, and other cities to follow. Find out more about Seif's work at:  


Amy Todd (Public Engagement Officer) 

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Prior to Layers of London Amy worked at RAF Kenley, a City of London managed site in Caterham, which is the best-preserved fighter airfield of the period in a similar engagement role. 

She started her career in teaching and has taught a broad range of curricula in many alternative environments from hospital schools, FE, pupil referral units and outreach education. Amy is currently studying her MA in Public History at Birkbeck.


Karina Flynn (Volunteer Coordinator) 

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Before joining the IHR Karina was Project Officer at YMCA Norfolk working with young people and volunteers on a broad range of programmes to engage them with local heritage. Karina also worked for Eighth in the East, a project which worked with communities across the Eastern Counties to preserve and record changes in the social and landscape history which occurred in the region during the Second World War.  

She has a Master’s Degree in Arts and Heritage: Policy Management and Education from Maastricht University, and a BA Hons degree in History of Decorative Arts and Crafts from the University of Brighton. 


Rebecca Read (Project Administrator) 

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Rebecca has previously worked as an administrator for an ESOL department, run training courses for doctors coming to work in the NHS from overseas, as a picture researcher at the Science Museum, and  for Buckinghamshire County Museum where she worked on the social history collections and digitised the archive of historic photos. Rebecca also works on the Victoria County History project at the IHR which has been publishing histories of England's places and people since 1899. 

Rebecca is passionate about London and enjoys walking around the city making the most of its culture and history especially the hidden details. She always looks up at buildings and always reads all the plaques. Find out more about Rebecca here:


Liam Cunningham (Project Assistant - Social Media)



Matthew Bristow (Project Advisor)

Matthew combines the roles of Senior Investigator for Historic England with Research Manager for the University of London’s Victoria County History project having previously worked on their HLF funded ‘England’s Past for Everyone’ local history and community outreach project.  A landscape archaeologist, Matthew brings his expertise in historic cartography and digital mapping to the Layers of London project.


We are fortunate to be working with the following people at The London Metropolitan Archives: 


Laurence Ward (Head of Digital Services at London Metropolitan Archives) 

Laurence is responsible for managing LMA’s digital transformation program, projects and commercial partnerships. He also manages the LMA exhibitions program and the development of LMA’s digital estate, including the LMA Collections CatalogueCollage – The London Picture Archive and LMA’s social media presence. He is working on four HLF funded projects at LMA this year, including Layers of London and Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (in partnership with the British Library) and is a member of the London’s Screen Archives steering group. 


Tom Furber (Development Officer at London Metropolitan Archives)

Tom delivers outreach programmes and activities across LMA streams of work including: schools and young people, informal adult education and community projects. He is delighted to spend his days sitting on top of miles and miles of archives and sharing their wonders with the public. He is looking forward to using the resources of Layers of London site to enrich the conversations about the history of London and Londoners with new and existing audiences


David Baldwin (Archivist, Digital Services at London Metropolitan Archives) 

David is project supervisor for the Layers of London team and in his role at LMA is responsible for the management of social media, digital preservation and audio-visual collections. An advocate for best practice, outreach and shared knowledge, David is also Chair of the Archives and Records Association’s Film, Sound and Photography Section which supports learning and development across the UK for archive professionals working with specialist AV collections. 




Who created the Layers of London website? 

Web Developers – Error Agency 

The Layers of London website was developed by Error Agency, a human centred company that makes websites that people enjoy using. 

Find out more here.


Georeferencing Tools Klokan Technologies 

Klokan Technologies GmbH is a Swiss company specialized in online map publishing, geographic information retrieval and applications of open-source software for the cultural heritage sector.  

It was founded in 2010 as a result of almost 10 years of freelance activities of its managing director, Petr Pridal, in the field of online mapping technologies. As an active participant of conferences worldwide, Petr established a network of partners and customers, who share our beliefs in importance of widely accessible culture heritage and maps. 

Find out more here.