Project Team

Matthew Davies (Project Director)

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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 here.


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.


Adam Corsini (Public Engagement Officer) 

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Adam had a background in classical and commercial archaeology before moving into museums and focusing on public engagement. From 2004-2019 he worked at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive, where he co-created award winning volunteer/engagement projects such as the ‘Volunteer Inclusion Programme’, ‘Unearthing London’, and #ArchiveLottery, resulting in sector-leading models of best practice for both museum volunteering and visitor involvement.


Liam Cunningham (Volunteer Coordinator and Communications Officer)  
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Liam worked in many different jobs prior to joining Layers of London, his favourite of which was a brief period on an orange farm in Japan, where he had access to unlimited free oranges. He likes that Layers of London gives everyone the opportunity to share what they know about London and treats every story big and small as equally valuable.
Liam has an MA in International Relations from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in French, Spanish and Human Rights from the National University of Ireland.

Lewis Calvert (GIS Officer) 

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Lewis is looking after the publication of the variety of maps on the Layers of London Website. This involves geo-referencing and data format translations so the source data can be viewed alongside other contextual maps.

Lewis started off as a cartographer working in aerial survey and geological/geophysical exploration when maps were hand drawn in pen and ink. More recently Lewis worked with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at London Underground and Crossrail and brings digital mapping skills to the team.


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.


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. 

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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. 

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