Layers of London Map

This is an intriguing and interesting chance to travel from your armchair through time and place with an innovative interactive map of Greater London. You might, for example, explore Tudor London, study the late 19th Century Booth Poverty Map or scan aerial views of WW2 bomb damage in the capital. There are many possibilities.

This interactive resource enables you to create your own views and layer them as you please!. Head over to the link below to find out more.

The project was created by the Institute of Historical Research. You can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area. Start exploring now!

Go to Layers of London interactive map!

Layers of London ( is a free crowdsourced website, uniting London’s iconic historical maps with the histories of place and people. Layers of London can be used to explore the capital and enable you to contribute your own records. See more here >

Great start to the New Year

Travel Talks Leicester continued with Lockdown video-casts in the New Year. The first three talks of 2021 generated strong interest with one of our sessions, led by returning speaker Ruth McIntosh, already generating an impressive 473 views on our YouTube channel. This is a record for our group.

The three 2021 talks available to view free on demand are:

Ruth McIntosh started our January 2021 lockdown series with “Biking from Bordeaux”. You can see more about this on her blog: Also, check out Ruth’s book, “In Search of Adventure”. Head over to this llink:

Eleanor Davidson folllowed with an innovative approach: “Travels with my books through time and place”. Armchair travelling is almost as good as the real thing says Eleanor who cherished her books from a young age.

On Friday 22 January we welcomed Jan Parsons of Guildford Travel Club who presented “Palestine: Beyond the Wall”.

Jan Parsons’ Palestine: Beyond the Wall – our 40th Lockdown online talk.

Palestine is a land of striking contrasts, from its ancient limestone hills crowned with scattered villages and more recently dense clusters of Israeli settlements, to the vast stretches of the Judean desert, rich in remarkable sites and buildings. Very few tours visit places like Mar Saba, Hisham’s Palace and the palm-shaded oases of this beautiful landscape.

Jan travelled through Palestine in 2017 with the Palestine Exploration Fund, meeting some of the hospitable Palestinian people across the West Bank including Bedouins and the Samaritan community with their ancient customs. In her video we will visit the holy sites in Hebron, a volatile city where tensions run high, Qumran, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Temple Mount in Jerusalem – a significant site to the three major world religions. Jan’s talk will also address the impact of the Separation Wall in the context of the more recent history of Palestine.

Travel Sailing

Links for Travel Talks Friday morning sessions

Friday Online Travel Talk 
Our next online Friday morning Travel Talk will be in two parts. Please join part one from 10 10 am and Part Two from 11 10 am.

This presentation will be in two parts. Part one is at 10 15 am You can join the zoom event from 10 10 am Part two begins at 11 15 am – join from 11 10am 

Here are the zoom links

Topic: Travel Talks Zoom Meeting Part 1
Time: 10 15 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 792 0683 9780
Passcode: 9vAZ8q 

Topic: Travel Talks Zoom Meeting Part 2
Time: 11 15
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 792 0683 9780
Passcode: 9vAZ8q  

The meeting links are also available online at :

We have done this because it sometimes becomes necessary to issue new links.  Please phone or email me if you have any queries

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