New ‘Coventry Atlas’ Website

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We have received this announcement from Coventry Archives:

An interactive, digital record of Coventry featuring maps and photos charting the city’s history has been launched.  Designed to be enjoyed on desktops or mobiles The Coventry Atlas – https://www.coventryatlas.org/ – allows people to track Coventry’s pre- and post-war history through photographs and drawings placed onto maps of the city ranging from the ride of Lady Godiva through to celebrating Coventry City’s FA Cup victory in 1987.

Coventry Atlas has been produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust with a range of partners including Coventry University, Culture Coventry and Photo Miners. The launch of the site is, however, only the beginning.

The people of Coventry are being asked to upload and tag their images to build up a bank of photographs that will eventually lead to every street in Coventry being represented on the Coventry Atlas. Submissions for the Atlas can be done through Coventry University’s https://coventry.digital/ site, which was launched earlier this year and will soon introduce a submissions portal, making contributing easy.

Photo Archive Miners, will be working with communities over the next few months, to develop trails through Coventry. The trails will encourage people to get out and explore different bits of Coventry and will be created from collections of community contributed images and stories which will be available on Coventry Atlas.

Coventry Atlas will act as an educational resource – with specific learning packs aimed at schools – and a site for the whole city to enjoy through 2021 and beyond.

Chenine Bhathena, of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “This is a really exciting project that captures the history of Coventry in an interactive and creative way. It’s something for everyone who lives, works or studies in Coventry to enjoy and also a resource to learn about the history of the city, right down to the road each individual lives in. “It charts the richness of Coventry’s history and its people – from medieval times right up to the present, including the famous night that the city celebrated being awarded the UK City of Culture title in 2017.  “For us to be able to showcase the history of each area and each street, we need people from right across Coventry to come forward with their images and help us to build up Coventry Atlas to act as a lasting record of the whole city as part of the legacy of UK City of Culture 2021.”

Dr Benjamin Kyneswood, of Coventry University, said: “It’s been great working with the Trust to show items in Coventry Digital on the Atlas – it gives the public another way to enjoy their heritage and share their stories of the city.”

Mark Cook of Photo Miners said: “We have a fantastic platform in Coventry Atlas. Now we need to work with the public to surface the hidden stories that makes Coventry so special.”

Ruark Jon-Stevens, of Culture Coventry Trust, said: “Coventry Atlas is an amazing resource providing unique access and insight into the development and history of Coventry. “Culture Coventry Trust is delighted to partner with Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry University in its creation. This site enables Coventry Archive images to be featured alongside historical information from independent historians. “As a charitable trust we rely upon support from partners and other stakeholders to enable the continued enhancement of our digital offer and we look forward to growing this work as we move forward.”

The Coventry Atlas website has been developed by Error Agency with copywriting from author and historian Peter Walters and school resources provided by educational consultant Madalyn Baskerville.

It is part of Coventry’s Great Place project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Historic England with partner funding by Coventry City Council, Coventry University, University of Warwick and Coventry BID.

It has also received contributions by Historic Coventry Trust, Dr Mark Webb, Historic Towns Atlas and many of Coventry’s skilled photographers.

We look forward to continuing to grow this site.