The Vision of Britain through Time web site provides a window into the Great Britain Historical GIS — which stands for “Geographical Information System”. The GB Historical GIS is a description of Britain and its localities, showing how they have changed through the centuries.
The Vision of Britain site is designed primarily as a public resource for people interested mainly in local history, but the GB Historical GIS is also used for research projects into national topics like the origins of the north-south divide; the geography of infant mortality in the inter-war period, and its relationship with unemployment; and long-run trends in land use.
The system holds information computerised from a range of historical sources, but each of them can be seen as a kind of “geographical survey” of Britain, or at least a large part of the country.
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