Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System (GBHGIS)

About the project


The mission of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project is to provide a systematic spatial framework for historical information about Britain. "Historical" means that we are focused on documentary evidence, not on archaelogical finds, so we work with extensive "places" and administrative units, not precise points on the ground - but dates are usually precise. We work only with sources which cover the whole or large parts of Britain, but these include statistics, boundary information, historical maps and even travel writing.

Although our mission is self-defined, the project has collaborative relationships with the Office of National Statistics, the National Archives, the British Library, English Heritage, the Environment Agency and many academic partners. Total funding since 1994 is approximately £2.1m.