History Pin

A new online service for logging historical photos and stories has been released as a Beta version by a social movement We Are What We Do in partnership with Google.

Some students from Year 8 at Billericay School have been working on a project which ­required them to make a short documentary exploring and evaluating the new website www.Historypin.com Using Google Maps and Street View technology, Historypin aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

The site invites the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.

We Are What We Do is a global social movement that creates ideas, products and tools that make it easy for people to make a difference to big social and environmental issues. Historypin is one in a series of projects created as part of We Are What We Do’s campaign to get generations talking more, sharing more and coming together more often.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Patrick Hylton aged 13"]I learnt so much. Hearing the stories really brought the history alive. It was so interesting![/quote]

With the help of Yr 12 boys the Yr 8′s planned a Historypin ­workshop which took place on Thursday 23rd June. This involved them inviting senior members of the local community to ‘take a trip down memory lane.’ The gentlemen were asked to bring in old photos which they discussed with the boys sharing the interesting stories and history behind them. The boys then taught the senior citizens how to use Historypin by scanning their old photos with them and uploading them to the site along with the story behind each one.

There has been a major trend for different generations to spend less time together which is a shame because they have so much knowledge to pass on to each other. All involved in the workshop thoroughly enjoyed the day.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Tommy Underwood also 13"]I can’t believe that I’ve met someone who’s met Elvis Presley and also carried Winston Churchill’s coffin. It’s made me want to ask my family to dig out all their old photos so that I can share them with others via Historypin.[/quote]

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Some content sourced from http://billericayschool.net

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