Museum Of London Website Explores Capital By Postcode

By Roslyn Tappenden | 20 September 2005
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Shows a screenshot of the Postcodes Project website. It depicts a programme from the Imperial International Exhibition in 1909 and a map of the Shepherd's Bush area of London.

The Museum of London Postcodes Project is now live. Courtesy Museum of London.

A brand new website has been launched by the Museum of London which enables Londoners to learn about historic objects found in their neighbourhood.

The Postcodes Project covers every area of the capital, from Streatham to the Strand, Chinatown to Chingford, and features objects from the Museum of London’s collections.

Items include Roman coffins from Clapton, fetters found in Finchley and even ships that sailed from Shadwell.

The objects can also be searched by topics like politics, transport or fashion, or by era – from prehistory right up to the present day.

“The website is partly to demonstrate the breadth of the museum site,” explained Jane Sarre, project manager of the Postcodes website, “but it also aims to encourage people to get involved in local history and events.”

Shows a screenshot of the Postcodes Project website. It depicts a programme from the Imperial International Exhibition in 1909.

Programme from the Imperial International Exhibition, 1909. Courtesy Museum of London.

Local people can also contribute to the site. Groups from Waltham Forest and EC1 have already been recounting their memories and sharing their photographs for the Postcodes Project.

Visitors to the site can share their stories, memories and photographs, using the website’s own storyteller facility.

“The site enables local people to tell us about where they live,” said Jane, “after all, they are the experts about their area.”

Local history groups and black history projects are also being invited to contribute to the website.

Shows a screenshot of the Postcodes Project website. It depicts a searchable map of London with a photo of a knight's helmet in a callout box.

A searchable map provides access to whichever area of London you want to explore. Courtesy Museum of London.

The Postcodes Project came about after a survey revealed a high demand among Londoners for more information about local history and archaeology. It’s part of a three-year project by the Museum of London to develop online learning resources for children and adults.

Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, was joined by local contributors when he officially launched the site at a special event on Tuesday September 20 2005.

To find out more about the Postcodes Project or to get involved visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/postcodes.

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