Get Started with Historypin

It’s quick and easy to start building a collection of photos, videos, sounds and stories on Historypin. Sign up for your free membership and you’ll be pinning, creating collections and sharing them within minutes.

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Use your email address or sign up with your Google, Twitter or Facebook account. 
FAQ

Create a collection

Collections are made up of photos, videos or sounds – “pins”. You can add other people’s pins to your collection, or upload your own. 

 

Share

Share your collection with others and ask them to add to it. You can also invite people to help you manage it.

 

How to Guides

How to upload photos, sounds and videos

How to create an open collection

How to "re-pin" a pin to another collection

How to contribute to a collection

Key Features

Browse and Create Collections

Explore photographs, videos and sounds from around the world. Add your own items too and make them part of place-based collections.

Location and Date Suggestions

When someone uploads a photograph to Historypin, they tell us where it is - either precisely or approximately. However, many times they might not know exactly where that photograph was taken. On Historypin, you can help to locate those photos more accurately, making it easier for others to find and explore history. If you're pinning a lot of photos to Historypin, this can be a great tool to enlist the help of your communities of local experts.

Historypin API

Developers can use Historypin's new Application Programming Interface, or “API,” to export data or write applications that use or contribute Historypin content directly without going through the Historypin.org website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few questions we get a lot. If they don’t answer your question, please get in touch.

1. Is Historypin free to use?
2. Does Historypin take copyright of what I share?
3. How can other people use my content?
4. What size image should I upload?
5. I’m having login problems. Can you help?
6. How do I delete a pin, collection, or tour?
7. Can I do a bulk upload of content onto Historypin?
8. Can I embed my Historypin collection on my website or blog?
9. Where did your app go?
10. I want to report an issue with the Historypin site.

1. Is Historypin free to use?

Yes! It’s free to browse pins, collections and tours. It’s also free to join and then you can

  • create a collection or tour using your own and other people’s pins
  • invite others to help you manage your collection
  • add your own pins (photos, videos and sound clips)
  • create a tour using your own and other people’s pins
  • comment on, favourite and share pins

2. Does Historypin take copyright of what I share?

No. You retain the copyright for the photos, videos and sound clips that you pin. Please make sure that the material you share is either in the public domain or that you either own the copyright yourself or have permission from the copyright holder to share it.

When you upload a pin, you choose the licence under which it can be published. We’d like you to choose an open licence that allows other people to use the item however they like, but you may also choose a more restrictive licence if necessary.

Please note that this licence only applies to the photograph, video or sound file itself, and not to the information you give us about it (its metadata). That information is always openly licensed – we use something called a CC0 waiver, which means it can be used in the same way as public domain material.

Regardless of licence, by uploading material to Historypin, you give us permission to share it on the Historypin platform (desktop site and apps), from which it can be embedded on other sites (over which we have no control). Your content will always appear alongside your username and copyright information on Historypin.

You also allow us to share your content via our social media channels, on historypin.org and in educational packs, exhibitions, in press releases, promotional materials and in blogs and other online coverage.

We will always credit you as the contributor and won’t commercially exploit your content. If we want to publish it in another format, like in a book or on a TV programme, we’ll get in touch.

Read more about licensing at Creative Commons and in Historypin’s Terms of Use.

3. How can other people use my content?

On Historypin, people can add your pins to collections and tours, add comments and tags to them, favourite them and share them on social media. Via the Historypin embed, they can embed your material on other sites, though you will always be attributed and the link will bring you back to Historypin (like an embedded YouTube video).

When you upload material to Historypin, you choose to give it one of a series of licences. This governs what other people can do with your material. We encourage people to use a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) which means other people can reuse it as long as they credit you.

Read more about licensing at Creative Commons and in Historypin’s Terms of Use.

4. What size image should I upload?

It’s up to you. Always upload the quality of image that you’re happy to be accessible on the web. We recommend 1000px x 1000px as this gives a good quality image and can allow people to zoom in on details. Please note we won’t always show it at this size, we’ll make it smaller for things like thumbnail previews and use on mobile devices.

5. I’m having login problems. Can you help?

If you originally signed up to Historypin with a Google account (Gmail address or Google+), make sure you are signing into Historypin using “Login with Google,” not “Login with email.” Many members who signed up to Historypin over two years ago and who are just now returning to the site would have had to sign up with a Google account for example, as that was previously our only available login method.

If you signed up to Historypin more recently and used “Sign up with email,” you can recover a lost password by clicking “Forgot password?” next to the “Login with email” prompt. This feature is not available for members who signed up with a Google account. If you have forgotten the password associated with a Google login, follow the Google account password recovery process here (click “need help”):

https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?hl=en&continue=https://www.google.co.uk/%3Fgws_rd%3Dssl

Finally, if you’ve forgotten the email associated with your account, feel free to email us at hello@historypin.org and we’ll look that up for you.

6. How do I delete a pin, collection, or tour?

To delete a pin, collection, or tour, make sure you are logged into Historypin. Then visit your main profile page and look at your list of pins, collections, and tours; you should see the “delete” and “edit” buttons underneath them.

7. Can I do a bulk upload of content onto Historypin?

Yes you can. We have four different types of bulk upload templates:

Uploading photo files
Uploading photos from a url
Uploading videos and audio via a url (Soundcloud, Youtube, etc.)
Uploading text only (attaching a story to a place, etc.)
 
Visit our bulk upload page to download the templates and read information on how to get started.
 

8. Can I embed my Historypin collection on my website or blog?

Yes. First, navigate to the view that you would like to share, say your collection gallery, a single pin, or your profile page. Then select the “share” icon on the right-hand sidebar and copy and paste the embed code.
 
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9. Where did your app go?

We have actually removed our app from the app store whilst we work on re-designing our mobile offer, and you can read more about this in our new Forum discussion space: https://community.historypin.org/t/where-did-the-historypin-app-go/1078

There is a large demand for a Historypin app, and we are working on getting there! We’d be interested to know the parts of app you enjoyed or found useful if you used the old one; just send us a message at hello@historypin.org to let us know.

10. I want to report an issue with the Historypin site.

If you notice a something not-quite-right about how our website is working and would like to report an issue, please use our short bug form. Once you fill this out, we will be notified by email and will get in touch with you as soon as we can.