Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. With more than 150,000 pictures mapped across the city, the digital photo archive of the city of London is a huge resource showing what London looked like over the years. Yes, if you have London ancestors, it is likely that you can now see what they saw. The project is the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world.
Many photographs show London landmarks in the making. This photo from 1892, for example, shows Tower Bridge as a still half-built metal cage, with no hint as yet to the neo-gothic masonry that would soon smother it.
Other photographs show street scenes of the people of London (and perhaps some of our ancestors?) in their daily lives.
Collage, The London Picture Map is available at http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/london-picture-map.
An article by Feargus O’Sullivan describing the new resource may be found in The Atlantic at http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/07/london-picture-map-collage/493178/.