Free access to archive photos and historic maps to help you tell the stories of your Worcester ancestors

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24 April 2021
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Spring Gardens, Moor Street area, Worcester, c.1959
Two new online platforms have launched on 24 April, offering visitors the chance to explore digital archiving and online life story books.

The platforms, ‘Life Stories - Herefordshire and Worcestershire’ and ‘Know Your Place’, have been created by Worcester City Council in partnership with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Know Your Place Worcester is a free online platform which gives access to hundreds of archive photos, historic maps and pieces of data about Worcester. The site aims to enable people to find out more about their local area, reconnect with their past and explore the city’s rich heritage.

Users will also be able to contribute their own knowledge, memories and images to the site, ensuring that the content will grow and become relevant to an increasing number of people.

Alongside it, Life Stories Herefordshire & Worcestershire will enable local people to capture their family history and what is important to them in an easily accessible and intuitive way, presented as a private and personal digital life story.

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Authors will be able to upload photos, written and audio text, as well as videos, into their own private personal digital book.

Life Stories Herfordshire & Worcestershire is supported by Platform Housing, Historic England, University of Worcester Association of Dementia Studies, Worcestershire Association of Carers, Worcester Warriors, Tudor House Museum of Local Life and Bristol City Council. 

The University of Worcester Association of Dementia Studies will be exploring the impact of Worcester Life Stories on mental health and wellbeing. 

QUICK LINK: How to record memories for your family tree