Over the last 50 years, local community ties have become weaker. Fewer people know their neighbours’ names. Fewer local associations and groups meet as they used to. And more older people have become socially isolated.
We want to help change this.
Working with Historypin has helped many local groups to further their own goals, whether that’s reducing social isolation for older people, commemorating an anniversary or changing perceptions of their area.
Heritage organisations like museums and archives, as well as local libraries and history groups do a great job of inspiring people to engage with local history. There are also lots of dedicated individuals around undertaking their own personal history projects that deserve a bigger audience. Historypin gives all of these people some great digital tools to help, as well as a whole heap of actual human support.
Below, learn how the community of Fujinomiya, Japan used Historypin to bring multiple generations together around the history of their main street.
It is really nice to be involved with something that is about your area, you walk along and you see things you didn’t know about and now you do.
A core aspect of the project was to develop and utilise ICT skills (of both the school pupils and senior citizens), and the Historypin tool was perfect for this.
We worked together with some of our wonderful partners around the world to create a report highlighting some of these projects over the past two years, with each case study giving you a brief glimpse of the people behind these projects and what they’ve achieved.