About the project: Mapping the Blitz Bomb Census, London

Mapping the Blitz Bomb Census: stepping into time brings World War 2 bomb damage maps into the digital world by using web and mobile mapping technology. It brings to life the maps that demarcate the location of falling bombs during the London Blitz between October 1940 and June 1941.

example of augmented reality mobile appThe project is funded by JISC and is led by Dr Kate Jones, University of Portsmouth and will be running between December 2011 and December 2012. During this time we will be taking digital copies of the London Bomb Census Maps  collated during WW2 and linking the locations of the bomb damage sites and mapping them using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).The mapped data will then be used to construct an interactive web-mapping application and mobile phone application that can be used as you walk around the streets of London.

This blog will be charting the progress of the project. I hope you enjoy following our progress!

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10 Responses to About the project: Mapping the Blitz Bomb Census, London

  1. Andrew Janes says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how this project works out. The original records are fragile and difficult to use, so this is a great way of opening up their content to many more people.

  2. John Hough says:

    .An extremely interesting site. However there seems to be one great source of material that is not being exploited.
    Being aged 68 years old I spent a considerable amount of time playing on bomb sites in Wood Green N22.
    There are at least seven sites that do not appear on your map. I appreciate these impacts may have occurred outside the time period your survey covers but this personal source of information will soon be lost.
    Would it not be possible to attach a link to your site which included a map allowing users to enter this sort of information?
    Some measures would obviously have to be included to eliminate malicious input; anyone under the age of 60 would be unlikely to remember these sites.
    I would be pleased to provide information concerning those sites I remember should you wish to contact me.

    • We would like to develop a crowd sourcing facility to the project so that students and citizen researcher like yourself could participate in the process but to do this we need to find more funding.

      • Terry Buchanan says:

        I agree with John, there are still corrections to be made and stories to tell. The collection of such data from those who experienced the period does not have to be part of the website. I see that you used one of my accounts; ‘A Child’s Sounds of the War’ taken from the BBC site. But, there are still interesting stories to be told. The one thing that would have improved the site, in my opinion, would have been to have used a map of the period so that those who live in specific areas could see how the bombing might have changed the present re-built environment. I worked, in my first job, as part of the team rebuilding Tower Hamlets as part of the Greater London Re-Development plan. It was concentrated on both bombed and slum areas.

      • The original maps that we collected the data from are actually available on the website. Please use the Layer button in the top right corner and select 1940s map.

        We had to start somewhere and if you look at other blog posts see will see how much info there is in the archives. We hope to find more funding to build upon the foundation that we have developed.

        Thanks for your interest in the project.

  3. Hello – My mother was present in Finsbury Park in London during the Blitz as a spotter to shoot german planes down. She said one night that they hit Finsbury Park and blew away most of her mates in the bunker which co-ordinated the guns. The following day Churchill visited with a famous photographer and her photograph appeared in the press and lately BBC History Magazine Vol1 no 2 June 2000. Also in the Sunday Times Magazine Ju;y 19th 1981. – Caption 1943 an ATS spotter watches for the enemy ay a site near London, the photograph was taken by Reggie ‘Scoop’ Speller.

    Chris Parker-Jones

    • Thank you so much for this memory. I never cease to be fascinated and astonished at how people survived and endured through such a horrific time.

      If we manage to find more finding I would like to add the facility where you would be able to upload your memories.

  4. John Rowley says:

    If you can remember a particular bomb falling or information about it, there seems to be no way of leaving information. I do not twitter for security reasons.

    • Thanks for your message and your interest in the project. At the moment the site is purely about presenting archival data – we would like to find more funding to develop the facility to enable users to leave information but this will take some time.

  5. John Hough says:

    Now living in Bush Hill Park. Adjacent areas being Winchmore Hill, Enfield, Edmonton etc.
    Of the bomb sites shown here & surrounding areas, 11 are missing or incorrectly placed.

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