“I’m besotted with it. They’re calling it a “digital time machine” and, this being the age of Wikiality, anyone can contribute. What’s history? Whatever you pin.”
Local communities are increasingly divided and cultural participation can reflect this. Local and national organisations find it hard to bring together different groups in an engaging way.
Historypin is very much focused on community engagement using imagery to get people connecting through stories and locations. It made sense to The Brooklyn Museum to release our collection of images in a way that would enable and foster this dialogue.
Shelley Bernstein, Brooklyn Museum
A digital archive that supports the sharing of local stories and photos.
I can’t believe 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.
Tommy Underwood, age 13
- 4000+ cultural organisations using it
- 100,000+ storytellers, archivists and citizen historians contributing
- 350,000+ stories pinned to around 32,000+ projects in over 2,500+ cities.
Launch video from 2011:
- Duncan B Commercial Director
- Immy Innovation Lead
- Jon Shift Collective
- Louise Innovation Lead
- Nick Founder
- Tori Co-founder
November 18, 2019
This chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites explores a partnership between the National Library of Colombia, with its national network of public libraries, and Historypin.org, a global non-profit that seeks to strengthen communities through local history and story-sharing. This project highlights: the potential role of cultural heritage organisations to make lasting social impact through civic engagement, methods for designing digital content creation and community engagement along with technical infrastructure, the democratising potential of placing the power of cultural narrative in the hands of many, and how a digital cultural project allowed us to reach an entire nation during an essential time of peace-building.
See other chapters in this book here.
Diego Merizalde and Jon Voss
July 14, 2016
Historypin began working with the US National Archives in 2014 to take a user-centered design approach to cultural heritage and develop a broad strategy of community engagement. With a focus on NARA’s Wartime Films, we’ve worked with leading curators and preservationists at NARA to begin reaching much broader audiences and increase awareness and creative reuse of the United States’ rich cultural heritage.
July 23, 2015
On April 28, 2015, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened library, archive, and museum professionals to, in the words of Maura Marx, IMLS Director, “advance a vision of easy, seamless and reliable access for all Americans to the digital content and services that will enrich and improve their lives.” Jon Voss represented Historypin on a panel about Linked Open Data and crowdsourcing.
From Crowdsourcing to Knowledge Communities: Creating Meaningful Scholarship Through Digital Collaboration
April 2, 2015
In this paper, we share some of the findings of our Mellon-funded crowdsourcing research with Stanford University, with a focus on tools we found helpful in the process of identification, outreach, and collaboration with knowledge communities.
March 3, 2015
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen Historypin used to connect generations in Japan, to draw in rich life stories in Australia and even to inspire a mural in East London. These sorts of projects are at the core of our mission to build better local social connections through a shared sense of place and history.
Each case study gives you a brief glimpse of the people behind these projects and what they’ve achieved.
February 4, 2015
Jon: “I was fortunate to be a reviewer on this important publication examining the future of Canada’s memory institutions, though the findings are applicable worldwide. The authors of the paper take a bold stance on what is necessary for leadership in the digital domain.”
November 1, 2013
Early research on a proposed project to combine citizen science techniques and photo gathering to examine and monitor the aging and deterioration of objects of cultural heritage. Published in Built Heritage 2013 Monitoring Conservation Management.
April 2, 2012
Article on the community evolving around Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums.
April 1, 2012
This paper examines how a cultural, technological, and legal environment is enabling a growing ecosystem of open historical data. Published on Museums and the Web.
March 24, 2012
Analysis of the social impact of Pinning Reading’s History, a project in Reading, UK, with data and analysis from the London Government Information Unit (LGiU).
March 23, 2012
Depiction of the social impact of Pinning Reading’s History, a project in Reading, UK, with data and analysis from the London Government Information Unit (LGiU).
Tori Flower & Kate Ferrier
New Mural in Beacontree
Creative Review, 28th October 2014
Former teacher pins hopes for images of Frome history online
Frome Standard, 21st August 2014
Peoria Historical Society Uses Innovative Archives to Show Area’s History
CBS 31 News, 27th July 2014
Historypin app: Opening up local history to the public’s favourite mobile device
London Community News, 11th March 2013
Web Sites With a Historical Bent Join a Place to an Image
New York Times, 5th September 2012
Mapping Reading’s past with Historypin
Get Reading, 21st September 2012
Bringing social capital back to life
The Times, 31st March 2012
Q and A with Nick Stanhope, Creator of Historypin
Smithsonian Magazine, 10th August 2011
Historypin Launches, Shows Your World As It Was
Mashable, 12th July 2011
“Old Meets New: ‘Historypin’ Is a Map-Based Time Capsule for Vintage Photos”
Time Techland, 11th July 2011
Our ghosts in the machine
Sunday Times, 18th July 2010
“Picture the Past: Historypin Mashes Up Archived Photos with the Present”
Good, 15th July 2011
Local history buffs have a new toy
Washington Post, 7th July 2011
Photography has entered the fourth dimension. And I’m going with it
The Guardian, 4th July 2010
Best Nonprofit/charity website, 2012
Sunday Times App List 2012
The Social Tech Guide: The World’s Most Inspiring Social Innovations Using Digital Technology
Award for Best Education & Reference Website, 2012
Winner of the inaugural History Today Digital History Award, 2014
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, 2014