A Street Near You WW1 site huge hit with historians & researchers
A new interactive First World War legacy project built in just one week has proved hugely popular after launching online in time for the centenary of the Armistice.
A Street Near You map project
Three weeks after going live online on 9 November, A Street Near You map project had received an incredible 435,000 unique visitors, 3,600 tweets and nearly 40,000 interactions on ‘public’ Facebook posts, including over 10,000 shares. Created by vintage photo enthusiast James Morley, the project brings together data sources such as the Imperial War Museums’ Lives of the First World War digital memorial, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) war dead database and IWM collections to demonstrate the local legacy of the war on a global scale.
At time of writing the site contains nearly 500,000 location records for 410,000 men and women; users can browse a local area or input a postcode to view names and addresses of those who died serving in the war, with some including photos.
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Reactions 'humbling' says site creator
Mr Morley built the site in just a week, although it was based on two years of experience, and has been amazed and moved by its reception. He told Family Tree magazine: ‘Beyond the astonishing overall popularity of the site, the reactions from individuals have been truly humbling. Each day reveals new ways that people have used the site to discover more about their community, their house, their own ancestors, or simply appreciating the global impact of the conflict in a way they hadn’t before. The most moving moments came when I learned of several primary schools who have explored the site and shown children the local impact in the streets and villages that they know so well.’
On his personal Twitter feed @jamesinealing shortly after the launch, Mr Morley, who also tweets @photosofthepast, explained: ‘The site started out simply to demonstrate what I thought was a huge opportunity – one that as far as I know isn’t currently being worked on – to connect data that has been gathered during the centenary. If I can do this in a week imagine what a coordinated project could do?’
How to add details to A Street Near You
After the successful launch of the site, Mr Morley appealed for funding to keep it going and donations have now secured it for several months. Anyone wishing to supply information or photos to records on the project site is advised to first add details to the life story of the person on the Lives of the First World War website here and they will be added to A Street Near You later.
You can find out more via Mrs Morley’s blog here and follow the project on Twitter @astreetnearyou
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