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Layers of London

Layers of London is a ground-breaking crowd-sourced mapping project that charts the rich layers of London's past.

About Layers of London

Layers of London is a map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area.

Layers of London brings together, for the first time, a really important collection of digitised historic maps, photos and crowd-sources histories provided by the public and key partners across London.

Layers of London maps

The Layers of London site charts the history of the metropolis through 16 interactive maps ranging from the 1520s to the present day.

Find or create a collection

Add historical content to Layers of London, or explore existing record collections.

Learn more about the Layers of London project and its development