How to add a Feature to the History Map
Historic Liverpool has always been about getting as much information about Liverpool’s history online as possible. As the principle creator, I’ve added a couple of dozen articles on everything from whole townships down to hidden historical artefacts embedded in pavements.
However, Merseyside has so much history that it is of course impossible for me to get even a fraction of it onto this site. This is where you come in, dear reader!
The greatest store of Liverpool history knowledge is in your heads. It’s in the anecdotes you pass down, it’s in the memories you’ve collected, and it’s in the very lives you’ve lived, sometimes in areas of the city which have vanished forever. Your amazing comments are already demonstrating what you know. So…
I want to turn Historic Liverpool into the greatest crowd-sourced history archive possible. I want you to set on screen anything you know about local buildings, roads, ancestor’s tales, long-lost churches, or the origins of a place.
Here’s how you can do it:
To get an account on Historic Liverpool, which will allow you to contribute, pop on over to the Registration page and fill out your details.
Only the first few boxes are required – they let you keep in touch with the site, such as getting password reminders. The rest of the details are optional, but can help you show off your work to the world should you wish, and help foster a sense of community. If nothing else, it would be great if you told us your first and second names.
Once you’ve filled in that form, you’ll get an email. Inside that email, you’ll find a link to click, which will activate your account. Then you can come back to the site and start contributing!
Once you’ve activated your account, you may need to log in. Even if you don’t, it’s good to know that when you want to log in in future, you just need to go to the Log In page. There’s always a link to it at the right hand end of the main menu up top.
Click ‘Add a Feature’
Once you’re logged in, there’s a list of useful links in the right hand sidebar. The top entry is ‘Add a New Feature‘, and will take you to the page where you can add your own words.
This is where the fun begins!
Fill in the form
I hope the boxes on this form are self-explanatory, but here’s some extra detail in case you get stuck:
Title: you’re adding a dot on a map of historical features, tales and memories. Give yours a suitable title, such as ’26 Broad Lane, Allerton’ or ‘Stables, Croxteth Park’, or ‘John Smith and family, 99 East Drive, 1901’. Anything that will help others find your page works well.
Location: this is an important one! I’d like you to tell us where your little article relates to. Is it an address? A road? A particular building? Start typing an address, and suggestions will appear after a second or two. When the correct one appears, click on it and the map below will show a pin at that location. Alternatively, drag the map around and simply click to place the pin where you want.
Description: this is even more important! This is where you should tell us all you know about your building, memory, or event. It can be as long or short as you like, but the more detail you have, the better. There are some basic editing tools at the top of the box, so you can include bullet points and lists if you wish, and you can make text bold, underlined etc.
Category: click the drop-down menu and select the Category most suited to the article you’re writing. If you’re not sure, just choose whatever feels closest. You can always come back and change this at a later date.
Photo: If you have an image to go with your article, whether a photo of a demolished building, or of a person, or a street scene you’re writing about, upload it by clicking on the button and then browsing on your computer for it. The maximum size is 2MB, check your image is the right size, otherwise you’ll get a nasty message (well, a bit abrupt). If you’re not sure how to do this, an easy website to do it for you is at http://www.resizenow.com/en. Select your picture, then choose the ‘Large’ option, then click on the link to download your smaller picture. It would be great if you gave it a readable name before uploading it, such as ernestbrown.jpg.
Finally, press the button marked ‘Create the Feature’ to submit it to the site. Alternatively, click ‘Save Draft’ to come back to it later. The Feature will be held in a queue for me to check over, and when it’s approved it’ll be added to the Liverpool History Map.
The Dashboard, and editing a Feature
Whenever you’re logged in, you can see a list of everything you’ve created on Historic Liverpool by going to your Dashboard. The Dashboard tells you which of your Features is Live, and which are Pending (waiting for approval). You can also Edit and Delete a Feature if you wish.