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Locating London’s wartime past:

Bomb Sight uses geography to link together The National Archives’ Second World War Bomb Census maps for London with photographs and personal narratives from other sources, within a web-mapping and mobile application that can be used by students and citizen researchers, as well the general public.

The JISC funded project website launched at the end of November 2012 and immediately went viral. In this talk we take an inside look at the project and how it was developed.

Dr Catherine (Kate) Emma Jones is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Portsmouth. She is interested in usability of geographic systems and data, health and urban mapping now and in the past. She studied for an MSc at University College London in 2002 and went on to complete a KTP, PhD and Post Doc also at UCL. She took up her post at Portsmouth in January 2010.


  1. Bean Beanland says:

    Hello, I’m not sure who to contact but I am experiencing persistent problems with the loading of the fantastic Bomb Sight website. Some area blocks do not load at all and it’s seemingly impossible to zoom in for the detail.

    Your website is such a useful “first port of call” resource for our industry to demonstrate to clients why we need to carry out UXO surveys when drilling in London.

    Many thanks.

    Bean Beanland
    Chairman, Ground Source Heat Pump Association

    1. Liz Bryant (Admin) says:

      Thanks very much for your comment! We’re very pleased to hear that you find the website a useful resource.

      The Bomb Sight website was originally developed as a small academic project and the funding for it ended some time ago. It is now in ‘maintenance mode’, which means that it will not be developed further but continues to be available with reduced functionality.

      We have found that the site is running as expected for us as the moment. Some blocks of the map layers are sometimes slow to appear when zooming in but otherwise it seems fine. One thing that you might try is using a different web browser. The site seems to respond more quickly in some browsers than others, especially when zooming.

      Kind regards,


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