Putting Art on the Map

Putting Art on the Map was a collaboration between Imperial War Museums, Historypin and University of Edinburgh to enable the public to explore and enrich IWM's First World War art collection. The project finished in April 2014.

Our art collection contains thousands of works ranging from the home front to the Western Front, and we invited the public to help geo-locate them, solve mysteries about the scenes depicted and share personal reflections. They could also curate their own tours and collections. The action took place on the Putting Art on the Map section of the Historypin website,.

We also ran a series of live events, in person and online, to bring people together to engage with the collection. 

The project researchers, University of Edinburgh, explored research questions around how different kinds of participation affect public engagement with cultural collections.

Putting Art on the Map was been supported by the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.