Know your Place Project - Somerset Now included!

As of now, The Know Your Place project has been expanded to include the County of Somerset.

The Know Your Place website enables maps of differing subjects and from differing times to be overlaid, giving a fantastic database for research.

For the first time, historical maps of Somerset are now freely available online thanks to the Know Your Place West of England project, supported by the National Lottery. From Minehead to Wincanton and Frome to Wells, you can now discover how the county of Somerset has been transformed over time. Know Your Place West of England is a free digital mapping resource that enables you to explore your neighbourhood online through old maps, archive images and linked information. The South West Heritage Trust is a key partner in this collaborative project, which is led by South Gloucestershire Council.

Five historic map layers of Somerset are now online, allowing you to explore some of the most famous natural and man-made landmarks from the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge to Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels. Alongside historic maps you can freely explore data from the Historic Environment Record for the modern county of Somerset.

You will also be able to upload and share your own information about the area straight onto Know Your Place helping to build a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone – from school children to family historians and planners to enthusiasts of community heritage.

More than 50 project volunteers are working hard to prepare further historic maps, which will be added onto Know Your Place Somerset over the coming months. The website will continue to grow as more map resources, drawings and photographs from archive and museum collections are added.