Case Studies

There are lots of ways people have used Layers of London to create records and build collections. Here are some case studies to inspire you to create your own:

Mapping specific histories: First World War Conscientious Objection - This collection was created by the Haringey First World War Peace Forum and records 307 places in the London Borough of Haringey which are associated with the men who resisted conscription in 1916-1918. This is a good example of how you can take a topic of interest and map it to give a visual representation of a group in one specific area.

Using a combination of images and YouTube videos: Greek and Greek Cypriot Gastronomy in London - This collection maps Greek and Cypriot restaurants in London, using a combination of images and YouTube videos, interviewing the owners. A good example of how you can embed YouTube content to enrich your collection

Creating walks: Thames at War path -This collection of records created by COLAS and archaeologist Gustav Milne creates a trail which can be followed highlighting the vital role and unsung achievements of the London County Council emergency repair teams during WWII. A good example of how you can create a collection of records which can be used for walks and tours.

Mapping memoirs: Along The RainbowBoth sides of The Rainbow - Two collections mapping the memoirs of Les Todd born in 1925 in Camberwell. A good example of how you can map personal histories and perspectives of one area of London

Group work: Hackney History - A collection of records compiled by the Friends of Hackney Archives. A good example of how a group can work together to map local histories & stories using material from their borough's archive.

Fictional London: a number of volunteers have mapped locations found in novels set in London, including The Nether World by George GissingVile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh & The Quincunx by Charles Palliser

Mapping publications: London Archaeologist Articles - Information about London's archaeology derived from articles published in London Archaeologist magazine. A good example of how you can map articles from journals and magazines relating to London

Sound recordings: This record was created by ESOL students from Westminster Kingsway college who interviewed the stall-holders at Chapel Street Market about their experiences, jobs and how markets have changed over time. A good example of how you can add sound recordings as well as images to Layers of London records