When History Meets Geography: The Visualising Urban Geographies Project

  • Richard RodgerEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The chapter proceeds from an account of the cautious embrace of historical mapping in Britain to explain why a new emphasis on open source mapping tools provides an attractive and productive way forward for historians. More specifically, the argument is that such tools facilitate analysis of historical sources and that these can be understood and applied with a very modest investment of time while yielding new perspectives on a wide range historical data. Furthermore, since there is a historical dimension to most humanities and social science disciplines, the tools development by the Visualising Urban Geographies (VUG) project at Edinburgh University offer productivity gains for researchers in other disciplines too.


Geographic Information System Humanity Research Council Archival Source Jurisdictional Area Registration District 
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The ‘Visualising Urban Geographies’ project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, under the Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Scheme, Grant AH/G017077/1. See also Rodger et al. (2010).

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  1. (Step-by-step help on how to geo-reference maps)
  2. [VUG Launch (24 Feb 2011)]
  3. [VUG Workshop (6 Dec 2010)]
  4. (Map Builder and on how to publish maps as web pages)
  5. [Summary of key findings from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD 2012) published on 18 Dec 2012]

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghScotland, UK

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