CAN YOU HELP?
A new initiative is calling on volunteers to help preserve historic English and Scottish place names.
Building on the success of a similar initiative for Wales ( cymru1900wales. org), the ‘crowdsourcing’ project – dubbed GB1900 – is asking web users to transcribe the name of every town, street and natural feature recorded on 19thcentury Ordnance Survey maps.
Participants can also use the project website to share stories or memories they may have of a specific location.
Already, more than 600 volunteers have taken part, together submitting over 490,000 transcriptions. Once complete, the final list of place names will be the world’s largest- ever historical gazetteer, available for researchers to access for free under a Creative Commons licence.
Find out more and start transcribing at gb1900.org.
Can you help preserve the names of places in your local area?