Mapping Britain on Film

The BFI has launched a new crowdsourcing platform as part of its ‘Britain on Film’ project.

The platform allows people to share their unique knowledge by ‘pinning’ locations to the online map. The project aims to improve the accuracy and depth of the geo-tagging of films within the Britain on Film national collection. In doing so, the BFI also hopes that it will enhance understanding of the films, as well as charting the evolution of British towns and cities. It is sure to become an incredibly rich resource for the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain.

As a first step, the BFI are looking for contributors among historians, local history societies, local museums, and local archives. The platform will be populated and moderated by its users, so they are hoping to create an online community of people who care about archive films and their local history.

If you want to get involved, you can sign up at: http://contribute.bfi.org.uk