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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

Can you help pre­serve the names of places in your lo­cal area?

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