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Walking Through Time is a research project developing iPhone and Android apps that architectural historians, conservationists and tourists to swap the Google base map for a historical map – i.e., allowing a user to ‘Walk Through Time’.

The movie clip below provides a neat guide to the concept:

In short, we really like this, the ability to load up a historical map based on your current location opens up all sort of possibilities from historical tours through to viewing the changing layout of the city over time.

The project is funded through a JISC grant and is collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and Edinburgh University (UoE) with development led by Chris Speed and Ian Campbell of ECA with Tim Urwin, EDINA / UoE, Petra Leimlehner, UoE,Peter Pratt, UoE, Karlyn Sutherland, UoE.

The app is currently in prototype form – keep an eye on for more news on a release.


  • coastal says:

    I remember working on the old version of site. We had urbanisation maps (from the Hackney Building Exploratory) going back to Roman times. This was back in 2000/01. Not wanting to bang my own drum but this is nothing new. In fact it’s just some nice web mapping services.

  • Smithee says:

    That was in the days when Hackney used to rule the waves of innovative mapping, we did some work with them around the same time using the historical maps from the Building Exploratory (great place)…

    I think its very neat to have it on the iPhone though, esp in the context of the project.

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