The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


25 Oct 2017 | 5pm | Layers Of London: An Introduction | Seif El Rashidi

25 October 2017, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

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UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)


LG04 Lecture Theatre, 26 Bedford Way, London, United Kingdom, WC1H 0DS

Layers of London is a new online platform currently being developed by the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London) to make available the key historic maps of London, and to proactively engage with community groups, schools and volunteers across the metropolis to encourage them to explore how their London has changed over time, and to that share information with the public at large. It is a project to which a wide range of national organisations are contributing historic resources and expertise. These include The British Library, the National Archives, Historic England, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Museum of London Archaeology, and Birkbeck University. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This talk will provide an overview about what has been learned from the recently-completed development phase, and what Layers of London aims to achieve over the next three years.

Seif El Rashidi is Layers of London's development officer and has spent the past year working on the development and testing of this project which will engage with the heritage and stories of London. He was previously the Magna Carta Programme Manager at Salisbury Cathedral, the coordinator of Durham World Heritage Site, a preservation planner for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Cairo, and worked for Ahmad Hamid Architects, also in Cairo.

Apart from managing heritage projects with a strong public engagement component, he is an architectural historian, specialised in Islamic architecture.