Interactive exhibition at Bradley Stoke Library helps you ‘Know Your Place’

Know Your Place touring exhibition at Bradley Stoke Library.

An innovative digital exhibition of historic maps and archive material is being staged at Bradley Stoke Library until the end of February.

The interactive KYPexplore exhibition features extraordinary images from archives, museums and heritage collections across South Gloucestershire and the West of England, giving visitors a unique insight in to the history of the places where we live, work and visit every day.

For the first time in one place, the stories of the people who lived and worked in the varied landscapes of the West of England will be told together – from basket fishermen in Oldbury to WWII evacuees in Thornbury, plus there are photographs and recollections of local memories such as tankers colliding on the Severn and a whale stranded in Littleton-upon-Severn.

The exhibition innovatively combines graphic panels, touchscreens and an online web app to present the archive material in an easy to navigate format. Visitors can take a closer look at familiar places to find their hidden histories and follow in the footsteps of the past, comparing historic and modern photos of familiar landscapes which illustrate how places have transformed over time.

The exhibition is also available online at

Cllr Heather Goddard, chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Environment and Community Services Committee, said:

“This exhibition is unique in its ambition and interactive use of digital technology, and is the result of a fantastic partnership with many museums, libraries and archives across the area. It pulls together a variety of historic material from across the region, documenting places, buildings, people and industries – some familiar, others more unique.”

“We hope the rich and varied stories in the exhibition will help visitors make the connection with their own local heritage and inspire them to explore this further on the Know Your Place digital mapping website.”

The exhibition is now open at Bradley Stoke Library and over the coming months, it will visit a range of museums, libraries and community spaces across the West of England. The full list of venues can be found on the project website

The exhibition is accompanied by a free public event at Bradley Stoke Library on Saturday 25th February, where from 10am to 1pm we invite visitors to help put Bradley Stoke on the map by bringing memories and photos of Bradley Stoke along to the library share on Know Your Place. There will also be chance to find out more about this free online research tool and how it can help you explore your neighbourhood’s heritage, as well as an opportunity to visit the exhibition and talk to members of the team behind the project.

This exhibition is part of Know Your Place – West of England, the digital mapping project to share your neighbourhood’s heritage online through old maps, historic images and heritage data. To start exploring the Know Your Place maps, visit the project’s website

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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