Interview with Vicky Pearce, Historypin Intern

Name: Vicky Pearce

Role: Historypin Intern

Why did you want to intern at Historypin?
I had just finished an MA in Cultural Heritage and was looking for work in the heritage sector, so I wanted some relevant work experience in the mean time. I had already done some work with new media in heritage and was really interested to gain more experience on a project that not only used digital media, but really takes advantage of social networks to raise awareness and communicate with users. The fact that it fit with my interest in photography was an added bonus.

How did you come to hear of the project?
I originally found WeAreWhatWeDo through its stationery (I have a bit of a thing for nice stationery) and went on to browse the site and other projects, like the Action Tracker, before coming across Historypin and the internship opportunity. After I finished my dissertation (using my WeAreWhatWeDo notebook), I came back to find the opportunity was open again.

Describe an average day for you as a Historypin Intern
I arrive and go through emails before sifting through some of the statistics for the previous week’s social media and trying to analyse how people are engaging with it. Then I might spend some time finding, uploading and pinning photos, or preparing information for bulk uploads. I also do quite a bit of research on different archives and other groups we can work with, as well as looking through recent uploads and interesting pins to find content we can highlight through the social media.

What do you do when you’re not at Historypin?
I do a few things at the moment. As well as two days at Historypin, I spend one day a week at a National Trust internship, where I work on the social media and digital marketing of a contemporary art project. I also work part-time as a recruitment consultant and I spend my weekends riding horses, taking photos and applying for jobs.

What’s been your best moment here?
It’s been really satisfying to be faced with an image for which you have very little information and find out enough to give it an exact date and location. Sometimes you can find out every detail if you try hard enough, and sometimes it’s impossible, but it’s still great to feel like your research has given that photo the context of time and place that can now always be associated with it on the site.

What is the oddest job you’ve been asked to do in the name of Historypin?
I think researching Bob Dylan fan groups was the oddest experience. I didn’t really know much about him or his music before that, so trying to navigate websites where every link is written in song lyric code was kind of surreal.

What excites you the most about Historypin?
The international scope of it. Researching and contacting archives from all over the world, and then seeing content being pinned in these far flung places really makes you realise the reach of this project is and how many different people are involved.

Can you show us a photo you have personally pinned on Historypin?

Napoleon Beach, Cherbourg, 1944

What’s your favourite photo that has been pinned to the Historypin map and why?

I actually tweeted this pin a little while ago because I’d just seen the film War Horse and this struck me as the ‘real’ version of one of the scenes from that film. It’s a reminder that those theatrical scenes of a country preparing for war really did happen. It’s also great on Street View because most of the buildings around the marketplace are still standing 100 years later.

WW1 Troops in Dereham Marketplace, August 1914

What content would you like to see more of on Historypin?
I’m always really interested to see people’s family history, or their personal stories about people they knew and things that happened. It’s great to see content which focuses on people and their experiences in the places where they are pinned. Plus, old photos of people let you peek at some great outfits.

Why do you think people should add their photos and stories to Historypin?
It gives you some way to archive and preserve your own history and knowledge. How many times have you said you should do something with your old family photos, rather than just stuff them in a draw to get crumpled and faded, and never looked at? Historypin gives you that something, and means you get more enjoyment out of your collection.

What do you think the future of Historypin is?
I think Historypin could become more of a social network, with pinners more able to see each other’s content, comment and contribute. It also has great potential as a research tool, and as a really engaging tool to inspire an interest in history in students.

Contact @vicky_pearce

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave piece of Content

Charabanc Outing, Felstead Street, 1930 Shared by Mapping The Change

How amazing is this Charabanc? Followed by a group of dashing men and women off on a outing.  The bottom row of men interrupted by the two ladies in fabulous turbans. I wonder where they were off to? Photo shared by Mapping the Change.

Fave Story of the Week

Lazy Cowboy Days of Summer, Colorado, Shared by CM_Edwards

CM_Edwards shares her memories of summer ’69. CM_Edwards being the daring Cowgirl, sitting on her front porch, with her brother and friend. The complete Cowgirl outfit was a gift for her 5th birthday sky blue hat, trousers and waistcoat, and to complete the look a pair of red cowgirl boots. I’m totally envious of this cowgirl outfit.

Pinner of the Week

The National Gallery, London, 1918, Shared by gilliandoctor

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to gilliandoctor for the variety of different themes she has shared photos of  – family photos , current events and postcards.  Piccadilly Circus in 1918, a postcard given to her from her Uncle during the war is amazing and works incredibly well on Street View – shows how little Piccadilly Circus has changed. gilliandoctor also captured the visit of Prince William and Kate to Ridau Hall, Ottawa 2010. See her full profile here.

Sharing our history with Radio 4

On Tuesday the Historypin team ran a session with Magic Me where older residents of Tower Hamlets and young interns and volunteers got together to share their photos and stories and add them to  We were delighted to have Radio 4 along to share the fascinating stories and a great time was had by all.

There were some fantastic photos and memories shared, including one of a Haberdashers on Columbia Road in 1920 where Gloria’s Aunt Milly worked as an assistant. And Vince shared his memories of national service when he was working at  Bungay Airfiield disposing of ammunition from World War Two.









To see more of the photos and stories, have a look at Magic Me’s profile. And if you’re curious to hear more, the session was recorded for The World Tonight and will be broadcast tonight on Radio Four at 10pm. You can hear the story through the BBC iPlayer–just skip to minute 34.

Thanks to everyone involved and to the Sundial Centre for hosting us and for all their support within the community.

San Francisco Street Museums

Light shines through one of 14 semi-transparent "Treasures from the Muni Archive" displays in San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee officially launched a special exhibit of photos from the San Francisco Transit Authority Archive in their unique setting February 21st. Early San Francisco street scenes can now be seen in the exhibit at the Market Street Railway Museum (MSR) and 14 bus shelters along Market Street near the Ferry Building. QR codes on the posters take you to a mobile-optimized Historypin splash page where pedestrians can see all of the posters and download the Historypin app for iPhone or Android phones.

“With nearly 30,000 photos in the SFMTA archive, we are pleased to have such a unique way to share them with residents and visitors,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “We are grateful to our long-standing partner, MSR, and one of our newest partners, Historypin, for making this exciting exhibit possible.”

And we’re honored to be a part of it! You can view the SFMTA collection on Historypin, where they’ve already posted over 100 photos.

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave Piece of Content 

My brother Pete at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, 1985, shared by ade.stevenson

A perfect Street View from ade.stevenson this week, his brother Pete is seen outside The Brandenburg Gate, in typical 80s get up. This photo is defiantly worth a play with the fade button.

Fave Story of the Week

New York to Paris Race, 2/21/1908, Shared by mapes53

The New York to Paris car race: mapes53 shares the story of the 1908 race which was hit by a blizzard. Many of the contestants got stuck in the pesky weather and were helped out by farmers and draft horses. The man in the photo, featured in his fancy pilot car,  would have been a tour guide helping the contestants in unfamiliar areas of the race. mapes53 collects postcards, photos and advertisements of Kendallville.

Pinner of the Week

Washbridge Lane, Dereham, 1904, Shared by SueWalkerWhite

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to SueWalkerWhite for her collection of early 1900s photographs of Dereham, Norfolk. My total fave is Washbridge Lane Flood, Dereham. Not only is it another amazing Street View but you can check out the early 1900s fashion. My other fave, Parade in Church St, shows a procession with marching men and firemen along Church Street while many watch from the side. You can see her full profile here.




Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Fave Piece of Content

Port Erin, Isle of Man, 1949 - Shared by soupowl

Last week on Friday Favourites it was all about a stylish Mum, this week I have gone for a radical Dad. This photo shared by soupbowl  shows his Dad, Desmond Hugh Powell, hitting the road on his bike. The story suggests his make of bike could be a Norton – can any bike lovers can help solve this mystery?

Fave Story of the week

Four Corners, 1977, Shared by librarynerd82

librarynerd82 shares his memories of a family journey from Georgia across the country to West Coast. librarynerd82 took this photo at Four Corners, which is the only place you can stand in four states at the same time: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Four Corners is situated at Ute Mountain, NM, USA. I’m also digging the shorts.

 Pinner of the Week

Svolvær, Lofoten, 1932, Shared by norwegeninfo

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to norwegeninfo who has uploaded some lush content this week on Historypin. My fave has to be Oslo, Cathedral, an iconic building captured in the early 30s which doesn’t look to different from now. My second fave out of the bunch  is titled Gudvangen. I love the contrast of the two modes of transport featured – a small ship and a horse and cart. You can see their full profile here.

Charlie’s Friday Favourites

Hi, I’m Charlie, I’m a Historypin Assistant and spend my days looking at all the amazing content that goes up on the site. I also pin, tweet and facebook, contact exciting people to share their stuff on the site and drink tea. I’m going to be rounding up the best pins on Historypin each week so look out for my Friday Blog each week.

Fave piece of content

'My family (me age 1)', Barwick Ford, 1969 shared by PhotosOfThePast

This is my first pick for Friday Favourites. This classic family shot shared by PhotosOfThePast shows him as an adorable 1 year old.  The photo captures the family’s day adventure in Barwick Ford and works amazingly on Street View – Barwick Ford looks exactly now as it did in 1969. On the subject of things not changing, notice the classic beehive-inspired hairdo which still remains a fast favourite in 2012.

Fave story of the week

'A blowy day on the North Bay Promenade', Scarborough Beach, May 1969, shared by jethrohoyt

Keeping with the 1969 theme, jethrohoyt shares his memories of his first camera when he was 14 years old. jethrohoyt capture this scene rather well – looks rather chilly don’t you think?

Pinner Of The Week

The Temporary Stores Building, 1903, Shared by The Benevolent Society

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to The Benevolent Society who have uploaded nearly 300 pieces of content to the site.  One of my favourites from the collection is the Presentation of the New Refrigerator in 1925-1931. I’m not sure what intrigues me more – a presentation for a fridge or the amazing hats worn. My other favourite  is The 100000th Baby born in the Royal Hospital For Women which is such a cute moment to document. The Benevolent Society has also made three Collections and two Tours on the site documenting their historical achievements. You can see their full profile here.

North Central College Celebrates its 150th anniversary

11th November 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of North Central College, Naperville, Illinois. As part of the celebrations for their sesquicentennial (which means 150th – what a great word!), they have been pinning photos from College’s rich archive.

Their collection goes all the way back to 1870, with this photo of the original Old Main Building:

And you can see the limestone quarry where the stone came from – now Quarry Lake:

The photos from North Central College archive have been pinned by Raymond Treonis, a senior Social Science/ History major at North Central minoring in Interactive Media Studies. He has been working with Kimberly Butler and Dr. Ann Keating to identify photos and find out about the history of the campus campus. Nearly 150 photos have been added, from studious students in the 1920s, through the fire in the 1941 to 2003 when the Cardinal Stadium was home to the Chicago Fire soccer team.

This was my favourite – how and why is the girl in the background so high? It appears to be some sort of three-tiered chair, or a step ladder. Though why you would take a step ladder to a picnic I have no idea  …

North Central College (@northcentralcol) are celebrating all year, so dig out your photos and add them to the map. Are if you’re a current student, download the free Historypin app and snap some modern replicas of the historical photos pinned so far.
UPDATE: You can read an interview with Ray Treonis and find out more about North Central College Archive here.