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Know Your Place West of England - Putting Somerset on the Map

About the Project


Know Your Place West of England is a free digital mapping resource that enables you to explore your neighbourhood online through old maps, archive images and linked information. The South West Heritage Trust is a key partner in this collaborative project, which is led by South Gloucestershire Council.


Five historic map layers of Somerset are now online, allowing you to explore some of the most famous natural and man-made landmarks from the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge to Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels. Alongside historic maps you can freely explore data from the Historic Environment Record for the modern county of Somerset.


Adding your own collections, 

You will also be able to upload and share your own information about the area straight onto Know Your Place helping to build a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone - from school children to family historians and planners to enthusiasts of community heritage.


More than 50 project volunteers are working hard to prepare further historic maps, which will be added onto Know Your Place Somerset over the coming months. In addition collections from museums across the county are featured in a touring exhibition that is currently at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells.


The website will continue to grow as more map resources, drawings and photographs from archive and museum collections are added. Other areas available online now include Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Gloucestershire. The Know Your Place West of England project will soon extend to cover North Somerset too.

Free online access to historic maps


Janet Tall, Head of Archives & Local Studies for the South West Heritage Trust, said “The Know Your Place Somerset website transforms access to Somerset’s historic maps and will enable people to discover more about how places have changed and developed over time.”


Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Know Your Place West of England is a fantastic resource, bringing together the history of this area so people can discover the ever-changing make-up of the places where they live and work. If you have bought a National Lottery ticket recently, you have helped to support these types of projects that are preserving the precious heritage of our communities for future generations. Thank you.”


Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Know Your Place West of England project was awarded £379,800 be the Heritage lottery Fund (HLF), with generous match-funding and in-kind support from local authorities and heritage groups within the region, including £5,000 match-funding from lead partner South Gloucestershire Council.

Find Out More


Start exploring Somerset’s maps and heritage information at the project’s website:

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