About Natasha

Natasha is Historypin's Community Manager.

Amazing stories discovered by QMPS students in Labrador, Canada

Last week students from the Queen of Peace Middle School in Labrador, were awarded ‘pinners of the week’ for their fantastic Historypin project that Grade 6 Classes have been doing this Semester. Their project explored the students’ family history and the social history of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

The Grade 6 classes at QPMS were very excited to become the first students in Labrador to pin their communities’ photos and stories to the Historypin creating an amazing Channel. Technology Itinerant Teacher, Susan Lamond, was inspired to run a Historypin project after hearing about Nelson Rural School’s Historypin project at the 21st Century Learning Conference.  She  immediately became hooked and brought the idea back to classes in Labrador.

The grade 6 students and teachers were eager to get started collecting pictures, and after getting tips from an archivist from Them Days magazine on interviewing skills and how to get the “story behind the photo,” they started conducting interviews. Students then learned how to scan and edit their photos before pinning them, and got more great ideas when they Skyped students  and staff from Nelson Rural School in Miramichi, who did a great Historypin project earlier in the year.  By the end of the QPMS project students had pinned 90 photos and stories!

We were delighted that the students were particularly enthusiastic about interviewing older family members about their personal stories. Abigail ‘liked being able to preserve old stories and learning about all of our family history’ and Timothy thought it was great that the stories he heard would ‘spark a new story that sometimes wasn’t related to the photo but was interesting to hear.’ He also said the seeing the photos meant it ‘was easy to imagine what actually had taken place’ and pinned a fantastic story about his Great Aunt Enid coming from Scotland to teach a primary class with no formal training in Makkovik, Labrador, meeting her husband Charlie, and proudly becoming a Canadian Citizen in 1996.

The project finished with a Skype session with Natasha and Freddie from Historypin and all the students got a special certificate celebrating their work. The project has been a huge success, and the school is going to do it with more classes next year.

This fantastic project inspired everyone involed, and Victoria, a grade 6 student, summed up the feelings of the class saying, ‘I think that learning about all the things about your family is really great! I liked hearing all the stories about the pictures.’


The Hay Workshop

Hay Festival, June 2010, Shared by Historypin Team

We’ve just been running an interactive session for young people at Hay Festival, in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, Wales.

A group of around 15 people gathered in Scribblers Hut to find out what Historypin is and explore why its important that personal history is preserved and shared.

The group went on to match pictures from the site with the stories that accompanied them – with involved lots of close inspection and trying to tell the difference between images from different decades and different places around the globe, but with a keen eye for detail the group aced the exercise.

They then went out into the festival itself to gather their own stories from the primary historical sources available – aka festival attendees… As citizen historians, they gathered memories and stories relating to a number of iconic historical moments which ranged from the fall of the Berlin Wall, to Usain Bolt winning at the Beijing Olympics.

You can see all the stories they gathered on the Hay Workshop Channel on Historypin here. Click on “Show favourites” (next to “show uploads”) to see all the photos we talked about and the stories added!

Thanks to Nominet for getting us the slot at the festival – great to get more people excited about Historypin!

Video Conferencing with Nelson Rural School, Canada

We’ve just had a fantastic video conferencing call with K-7, an amazing class at Nelson Rural School in Miramichi, New Brunswick.  The class are doing a Historypin project where they are going to become local historians and archivists and track down and capture the amazing photos, stories and memories of their families and local area.  Have a look at this fascinating photo they pinned to start the project off.

70 St. Patrick's Drive, Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada

They will be the first school in New Brunswick to run a schools Historypin project and we are really excited about following their progress as they start to discover and pin their history.  To find out more about the call have a look these stories and photos on their great school website school, http://nelsonrural.nbed.nb.ca/teacher/gallery/skype-historypin.

During our video call, students from K-7 told us about their school, how they are going to dig out and share their history and asked fantastic questions about Historypin, its origins and its purpose.  We were so impressed with the interesting questions they asked and what they told us, and can’t wait to see what history they’re going to discover through their conversations with families and friends.

We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses, so watch this space!


Launch of Pinning Reading’s History Exhibition

Last night Pinning Reading’s History exhibition launched, attended by over a hundred people including local archivists, teachers, residents, community groups and Historypin Champions & volunteers from all around Reading and beyond.

Nick Stanhope, Historypin CEO, spoke about Reading’s rich history and encouraged everyone in Reading to dig out their photos and share them on Historypin.

It was a fantastic evening, with many stories shared, some new archives discovered and lots of excitement to start digging out and pinning Reading’s history.

Thanks to everyone who came, and we look forward to working with you to share Reading’s history over the coming months.The exhibition showcases some of the content collected so far and runs until January 8th. Soane space at Reading Museum
Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Drop-in session every Friday, 2-4pm, Soane space, Reading Museum.Meet our volunteers, and bring your stories & photos to scan and pin or contact Amanda Holland on amanda.holland@wearewhatwedo.org or 07527 931325 to arrange a time to come in and share your history.

We would also like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the funding that has made this project possible.

Opening of ‘Pinning Reading’s History’ Exhibition

Pinning Reading's HistoryWe are very excited to announce the opening of the ‘Pinning Reading’s History‘ exhibition at Reading Museum.

The exhibition features some of the amazing photos, films and stories collected so far from the people of Reading and shared by Reading Museum, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading Post, Reading Festival, Wessex Film and Sound Archive and English Heritage Archives.

Come down and have a look at what’s been added, explore Reading’s history and scan and pin your own photos.

3rd Sept – 8th January
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm

Soane Space, Reading Museum
The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH

Explore what’s been pinned to the map so far and pin your own.

Magic moments with Magic Me

This month, Historypin was lucky enough to work with Magic Me, on a fantastic inter-generational project. Young volunteers and older residents of Tower Hamlets came together to  share photos, stories and memories in this three day workshop programme.

Two participants sharing memories around a photo

Everyone had a fantastic time learning about the history of the local area and about the fascinating personal histories that the group shared.   We are really excited that so many of the group want to continue to share their history on Historypin and become Historypin champions.

Have a look at some of the amazing photos and stories that were pinned onto Historypin during the session.

We are really looking forward to running more Historypin projects with Magic Me.  I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much and found out as many fascinating stories as we did during this project.

Historypin Coffee Morning, Whitley Wood

Residents of Whitley Wood outside the community centre

We are delighted to see that Historypin coffee mornings are becoming a regular feature in Reading’s community spaces. Here are some of Whitley’s residents outside the Whitley Wood Community Centre after their monthly get together to chat about photos, stories and their area.

This week Diane brought along a photo of a relative who had been in the police force but she didn’t know when or where the photo was taken (see the photo here).  Using great detective skills, Jenny did some research and found out from the insignia on his helmet that he had worked in Holborn, solving the mystery for Diane.  We are really impressed that people in Reading are not only sharing stories about their heritage but helping each other find out more about their family histories.

This is all part of our local project ‘Pinning Reading’s History’.  If you live in Reading or have photos or stories of Reading, keep an eye on the Historypin Community pages for ways to get involved.

Billericay School hosts a Historypin day

It’s fantastic to see all the amazing things that Billericay school have been doing with Historypin.  Have a look at this lovely video they made of the Historypin day that students ran at the school, where they invited local people to join them to share photos and memories and to pin them onto the site.

We are so impressed with the boys who were involved in this – not only did they host the day, they planned and organized it too.    They got some great stories and images which they have pinned to the site.  If you want to see them, take a look at the Billericay Profile on Historypin http://www.historypin.com/profile/view/SpeakUpBillers/

A huge thank you to Billericay students and to  Assitant Headteacher Charlotte Berry who have embraced Historypin and encouraged generations to come together and share their history.

Natasha, Historypin Community Manager