Prince William adds a story about his Gran!

HRH Duke of Cambridge at the Sovereign's Parade (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Prince William has shared a photo and story on Historypin about his Gran… HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

You can see the photo and read the full story here.

Prince William joins the large number of people who have been pinning photos of their grandparents on Historypin since its creation – there is even a popular “My Grandparents are Better than Yours” Collection.

Martin Luther King III is another celeb who has also pinned a photo of himself and his famous grandfather.

The photo the Prince pinned shows his grandmother, The Queen, at his graduation from Sandhurst. Remembering the moment the Prince wrote “I felt especially proud to receive my commission as an officer in front of my grandmother, The Queen. She has been an incredible role model to me over the years, so it was very special to have her present for my graduation.”

The Prince pinned the photo and memory as part of Pinning the Queen’s History, an interactive global archive of The Queen’s visits and Jubilee celebrations over six decades to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Have you got photos and memories of one of The Queen’s 261 Visits around the world?

Did you hold a street party to celebrate the 1953 Coronation or 1977 & 2002 Jubilees?

Add your photos, videos and memories to Pinning the Queen’s History.

Ducks, a digital team and a damn good Channel

Hello again everyone. As I was poorly I wasn’t able to do my Friday Faves for the last two weeks – pretty depressing.

On my return I have been greeted by heaps of great pinned photos, stories and audio clips on the site – amazing. So trying to find a few faves is going to be darn difficult – so sorry if I ramble.

Fave Piece of Content

Don Jamieson on the Lions Gate Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge Rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Shared by West Vancouver Archives

This fellow is called Don Jamieson, he’s posing on the Lions Gate Bridge  which connects the City of Vancouver to the North Shore. He’s working on the construction of the bridge – even if it appears that he’s slacking a little here! Don appears to be wearing some very fine dungarees – which isn’t the only reason he’s my first fave of this week. When I discovered this I was also reminded of one of my ultimate fave pins on the site, Patricia Joan Thompson, née Davidson, Stanley Park, 1960s which was in the nearby photo tab. Back to the fellow above, he was shared by West Vancouver Archives who have a very slick Channel that includes some very lush images including some skiers – what more can one ask for? Check them out here.

Fave Story/ Street Views of the Week

Feeding the ducks, Askham Park, York, 1971, Shared by YorkStories

There’s nothing I love more then a bloody good Street View (except perhaps a nice new frock). Feeding the ducks, Askham Richard is a superb example of how amazing Street View can be.  Askham Richard is a village near York that has a mighty big pond and Yorkstories shares the memories of feeding the ducks there. Here he is pictured above with his mother. The car behind them (how 70s is the colour?) was their first family car.
On the subject of 70s and superb Street Views I had to add another great photo into my blog this week.

Centronics Data Computer Corporation, Hudson, USA, 1977, Shared by msls5383

I love a tacky photo, and this proves to be one of the greatest for that: Centronics Employees gathered for a photograph in front of the company headquarters with their products in tow. I’m totally obsessing over the guy in the vest featured just of the middle, slightly to the right.  This little gem was shared by msls5383.

Pinner of the Week

Swayne Field, Toledo, OH, 1909, Shared by toledosattic

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded to toledosattic for their 136 pins – pretty impressive. Toledosattic aka Toledo’s Attic is a virtual museum focusing on the twentieth century history of Toledo, Ohio. They have pinned some fantastic content, from colour postcards to black and white photographs. One of my faves is an interior image of the lobby at the Summit Street Hotel Waldorf, 1916. The image captures the glamour and wealth of the hotel, it was constructed in 3 sections which included a ladies parlour, barbershop and a roof garden – total glam. My other total fave is Swayne Field (see photo above) this was held at Monroe Street and Detroit Street. The opening day saw 9,000 people come and watch a 18-inning game against a Columbus team. See their Channel here.

Interview with Steve Clifford, Historypinner

Name: Steve Clifford

Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

How did you hear about Historypin?
I heard about it through Twitter.  One of the family history magazines I follow mentioned Historypin and I was immediately hooked.

How have you been involved with Historypin?
I’ve been pinning since early August 2011 and have encouraged other local historians and public institutions to get on board.  Although my initial interest was focused on Victoria I soon began pinning photos from across Canada and around the UK.  Some of these images have family connections while others are just interesting old photos I’ve picked up over the years. Hopefully someone in Moose Jaw or Manchester will see my contribution and be inspired to add a story or begin pinning their own  content.

What do you do when you are not pinning?
When I’m not pinning I maintain a blog dedicated to vintage ephemera and photographs.  I enjoy researching and uncovering the stories behind these discarded bits of paper and forgotten family photos.  I also spend quite a bit of time piecing together my own family history and this led to an interest in the First World War, specifically first-hand accounts of soldier’s experiences on the Western Front.

To earn “pin” money I work in IT although I also spent quite a few years in the adventure travel industry.  I’ve had itchy feet for as long as I can remember and in 2010 I fulfilled a dream by walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats … and the really crazy thing is I want to do it again!

What excites you most about Historypin?
I’ve always dreamed of owning a time machine that would allow me to explore my favourite streets and neighbourhoods a century ago.  I’ve also been looking for a way to share the photos I’ve collected with others who have similar interests.  So when I landed on Historypin I felt immediately at home.  I suppose what excites me the most is the opportunity to share, discuss and build content that can, in theory at least, benefit generations to come.

What is your favourite piece of content that you have pinned?
I have two favourites, one of my hometown, Digging out at Fort and Douglas in 1916, and the other of an image I never get tired of looking at, Grandborough Brook, Winslow, Bucks:

(Click the images to read the story about them and see them on Street View)

Digging out at Fort and Douglas


What is your favourite piece of content that you have found on Historypin?
I haven’t made it through all 110,000 photos yet but I think this is wonderful image:

The Traveller's Rest

If you could have any person or organisation start pinning, who would it be?
I would love to see the British Columbia Archives begin to pin.  They have an amazing collection of photographs, many of which are digitized, but unfortunately their interface is painfully dated.  I suspect funding is an issue but if they used Historypin they could focus their resources on sharing content with British Columbians and beyond.

I’d also like to encourage seniors to pin their photos and their stories before it’s too late.  I’ve rummaged through hundreds, if not thousands, of wonderful old photos that have nothing written on them.  Unfortunately these photos, treasured memories for one generation, become clutter to another once the personal connections are lost.

If you could go back to any place and time, where and when would you go?
I’m fascinated by the Victorian and Edwardian eras and especially the development of Victoria (BC) and London (UK) during these periods.  However if I could only use my time machine once I would program it to take me back to the Wirral peninsula in the mid-1920’s.  That’s the last known whereabouts of my great-grandfather Herbert Clifford and his disappearance is a mystery I’ve spent the last 15 years trying to solve.  I would dearly love to buy him a pint and have him tell me his story.

What would you like to see on Historypin in the future?
A growing and active community of pinners.  There’s a lot of fantastic content on Historypin and it will really take off when the that community begins interacting with each other on a regular basis.  It’s these conversations that I’m most looking forward to.
I’d also like to be able to pin other types of content, such as letters or pictures of ephemera.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a photograph of a soldier boarding a train for the front and then be able to read the letters he wrote to his family back home? Or to look at a vintage automobile driving down the street and then view a copy of the original brochure?

Historypin Channel


Historypin in the classroom

Teachers around the world have been using Historypin in all sorts of innovative and exciting ways. On this blog post we’ll be gathering some of the best examples to give you ideas about how you can use it.

We’ll add to it as we find more great stuff, so keep checking back. And if you’ve blogged about ways of using Historypin with students, send an email to us at

You can also find more ideas in our Schools Section.

Using content on Historypin

From Aubrey and Emily on Where the Classroom Ends

In Historypin: Classroom ideas, Aubrey and Emily outline how you can use photos and curated content from the US National Archives and the Smithsonian if you are teaching US history. They also suggest ways of using the Tour tool to help students construct narratives.


Using Historypin for document based questions

From Peter Pappas on Copy/Paste

In Make DBQs with a Digital Time Machine, Peter outlines some ways to use Historypin in teaching sessions focused on document based questions. Here’s an extract:

In Historypin’s story section, I provide a brief history of the canal’s impact on the growth of the city. Then I pose a question.”I wonder if the people in the old photograph still appreciated the canal’s role in creating the city of Rochester, or if they had come to see it as outmoded nuisance which divided the city in half?











Using Historypin for a session with language students

Connecting with Historypin from Barbara Lindsey

Are you a language teacher? Check out this overview form Barbara which introduces you to Historypin and how you can use it with your language students to identify activities and meet one ACTFL Standard and one 21st Century World Language Skill. Includes Tours of 19th century Paris and photos from Connecticut.

Ladies, last tram and long and winding roads

Fave Piece of Content

Clarksville Regatta Beauty Queen, 1955, Shared by Library of Virginia

Library of Virginia have totally made my week! Not only have they been adding some amazing content  to the site, they have added some totally glam (and I mean glam) Prom Queen photos. Clarksville Regatta Beauty Queen, 1955 (see photo above) shows a beauty contest winner being awarded with a tiara – perhaps I should wear my tiara more often? The regatta occurred on the 50,000 acre, John H. Kerr Reservoir on the Virginia/North Carolina boarder. If you think this beauty pageant lady is the best you have ever seen, wait till you check out these quirky beauties. There’s the Peanut Queen at the National Peanut Exposition, Suffolk, Virginia, 1941. And if you think you that’s whack, wait till you see Turkey Queen – which is my fave, obvs. Browse through the Library of Virginia’s Channel here. And check out their great content, Tours and Collections on their Channel – oh and while your there perhaps become a fan, by clicking on the fan button.

Fave Story of the Week

Last tram in Sydney, 1961, Shared by State Records NSW

What a moment to capture on film, the last tram in Sydney, 25 Feb 1961. I love the fact people have gathered round to watch and film this event (see cameraman in motion above the crowds). Reminds me of when the last London Routemaster buses were in motion, people taking photos to capture the last journeys of these buses (to be fair there is a few around still). You guys should definitely check it out on Street View – pretty darn awesome. If any of you have any memories/stories of the last trams in Sydney do add them to the photo here. This little gem was shared by State Records NSW who by the way, have a very nice Channel.

Pinner of the Week

Harbour Road, 1910, Canada,Shared by

#PINNEROFTHEWEEK is awarded for his uploads of early 1900s long and winding roads in Canada. Harbour Road (see photo above) features a snazzy cyclist an a scary cow (I’ m not a fan of cows – long story). Also featured in this photo is the first post office, as well as The homes of Captain Fox and A. E. Waterhouse. Another lush photo Mike has uploaded Cluetsi Haven Marina 1918-1920 features many hats and gazing men and women beside a river. My total fave from Mike collection is Canadian Highway Post, 1912 has several posing men around a Haynes car. See Mike’s full Channel here.