Photo archive goes live on OS OpenSpace

It’s always great to see geography being used as part of interesting projects, especially when it’s for something we wouldn’t expect.

The National Archives has recently introduced National Archives Labs – an interactive test environment where they are making a range of information freely available. And with the huge amount they look after, geography is an ideal way to display and organise it all.

So, they’ve started using OS OpenSpace – our free online mapping tool – to display a massive inter-war photography collection.

The National Archives history photo finder, using OS OpenSpace

The National Archives history photo finder, using OS OpenSpace

The collection was created by J Dixon-Scott who took 14,000 pictures between 1920 – 1940. It’s a candid portrait of life in the inter-war period showing people, towns and countryside. Some of the shots of people working and at school show how much day-to-day life has really changed. It’s a great historical reference tool and by using mapping to display the shots means it is easy to see how much your local area has changed.

As I said, it’s always good to see how our data is being used and we are keen to see and share more examples. If you’re using OS OpenSpace, or know of someone who is, please let us know!

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