Historypin is a not-for-profit organisation. It was created by Shift (formerly We Are What We Do) which builds social businesses to solve social problems. Our team is based in London, San Francisco and Sofia.
We partner with cultural heritage institutions, civic organisations, councils and community groups to design projects which harness local history to build stronger communities.
Old photographs spark fascinating stories. Young people engage with older generations for possibly the first time. History is recorded, new connections are made and communities get stronger.
Historypin activities build connections between people to increase local social capital and reduce social isolation amongst older people. In previous projects, 70% of participants met new people and 38% became involved in other activities in their communities.
Our team love to share their passion for Historypin and community building. We want to tell everyone about Historypin and to share inspirational stories about how people are using it in their communities.
If you would like us to speak at an event get in touch.
We design and build Historypin.org, a free platform where people can collaborate to create shared archives about their local community.
Anyone can pin photos, videos or sounds to the Historypin map. Compare images of then and now. Group them into collections. Share them with friends. Invite other people to participate.
Communities all over the world use Historypin to bring people together around local history. Activities take place in all sorts of venues, from schools to rock festivals and libraries to local pubs.
Our team can help provide training and support materials for community engagement, technical integrations, and measurement and evaluation.
Historypin has made a relatively very low budget pilot project punch way above its weight (and resources).
In recent times, you really felt that Fujinomiya was this desolate place, but I now know this is a truly heart-warming place with so many people.
I really loved this. It’s not often you get to speak to such young people these days.
I feel it’s vital that our life stories are told and preserved. I’m very, very glad that they are recorded for our young ones to tap into, as they should know how their ancestors moved and settled here in Australia from other lands. I came as a 6 year old child from post war Italy. They need to know how life was back then.
Historypin allowed us to reach even larger audiences, many of whom spent longer than average engaging with the photos and stories.