Visual Resources Historypin Channel

The Visual Resources Centre has just launched its new Historypin channel.

Historypin is an online, user-generated resource that enables digital content (images, video and audio clips) to be ‘pinned’ to a map.   The map is integrated with Google Street View, which means that historic photos can be overlaid on contemporary images of the same location, and there is a fader control that allows you to vary the visibility of the superimposed photos.  You can also contribute textual content by adding stories, comments and other information associated with particular images, video or audio.  There is also a free Historypin smartphone app that provides an augmented reality experience in addition to the features offered by the website.

If you’re familiar with the VRC’s Flickr site (, you’ll know that it  includes many old photos of buildings and streets in Manchester.  The most recent upload included some pictures from the 1920s and 30s from the centre’s lantern slide collection. Many of these images are now also available on Historypin, with more to be added in the future.

Visit the Historypin channel at


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BA Contemporary Art History Manchester School of Art

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