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Know Your Place

When Peter Insole’s team launched Know Your Place in 2011, they couldn’t have realised how popular and successful it was to become. Simon Wills explores this innovative venture


Drawing people into a love of history

Victorian and modern Bristol compared on the Know Your Place website

The website allows you to explore a location using a series of maps from the past and is accompanied by stories, photos, facts and research to bring the locations alive. The project started with Bristol, but now covers the six surrounding counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. I spoke to Peter Insole, who is Principal Historic Environment Officer at Bristol City Council. He is still as enthusiastic about the project now as he was seven years ago when he came up with the idea.

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