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Know Your Bristol – Map Your Bristol

Date: 14/04/2016

Know Your Bristol on the Move, an AHRC-funded project which set out to explore Bristol’s heritage and culture through the eyes of communities, has produced a series of short films and animations to demonstrate the reach and impact of the project.

The collaborative project between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and several Bristol community groups co-produced the films with local digital media company, Calling the Shots.

Know Your Bristol enabled people to explore, research and map Bristol’s history, heritage and culture using digital tools co-developed with community participants. This film gives a feel for what the project was like and what mattered to participants from both the academic and the community sides. Know Your Bristol on the Move

A key output from Know Your Bristol is the participatory history mapping website and app Map Your Bristol, co-developed by University of Bristol Research IT, the Know Your Bristol team and students from local schools. On the site or using the app, community groups can create a layer and upload stories, images, and audio and video material relating to their history. Currently you will find layers on the history of Bristol’s Anti-Apartheid Movement, Deaf Community and music culture as well as neighbourhood-specific histories including those for Greenbank and Knowle West. Watch the film, download the app or visit the website to start exploring and co-creating our history: Map Your Bristol

As well as showcasing the research, the project co-produced three animations which are designed explain some of the research tools, such as co-production, that the project used.

  • What is Co-production?
    This animation explains the concept of university/community co-production in less than two minutes.
  • Why Map History Together?
    This animation responds to the question “Why map history together?” It touches on how maps have been used historically as a technique of power and how maps can be repurposed by people to tell other stories about the world.
  • Where is Bristol’s History?
    This animation responds to the question “Where is Bristol’s history?” It sets traditional, expert-led approaches to historical research against co-produced and crowd-sourced history suggesting there is history in a variety of everyday places waiting to be uncovered.
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