Historypin is a website dedicated to sharing photos from the past. That doesn't sound unusual, but what makes their site special is that it's a combination of Google maps, social media and an online archive.
When I first heard about Historypin a few months ago, I thought it sounded like an interesting concept and something that could be a good fit to getting some of our archival photos online. When I checked out their website, I was VERY impressed and even more convinced this was something to take part in. Websites seem to come and go that aim to share historical content, but this seems like it will be one with some staying power.
The idea behind it is simple. People can share their photos and pin them to a (Google) map of the world. Add an interactive timeline and a place to say something about your photo, or comment on someone else's, and you have a very inviting website. If you have a photo that overlays onto Google Streeview, even better - you can have your own version of augmented reality.
Several hundred museums and archives have been uploading photos and videos to the site, as well as individuals from around the world. I have been uploading a select few of the Britannia Mine Museum archives to our channel. Over time I want to add more. We have over 9,500 photos in our Collections, from underground mining shots to community celebrations at the Copper Queen pageant and much, much more in between. This is a fantastic and easily accessible way to share our photos with those interested in the mine's past.
The site is slick, modern and easy to use and the concept is simple, social and forward thinking. No wonder it's been winning awards across the board. I urge you to check it out!