Historypin fever

Yes, it's true, we have caught the Historypin bug and are loving it and think you will too!

Historypin is a user generated online digital archive, which is growing daily. What does this mean?! Well, in a nutshell it's an online system that allows people and institutions from anywhere around the world to view, upload and pin photos, text and audiovisual content to a gigantic interactive worldwide map. It's fun but is also underpinned (excuse the pun) by a social and educational worth.

Auckland Libraries is now quite literally on the map and you can now view a portion of the photographic heritage collections on Historypin. Have fun exploring content from the Northern, Western and Southern research centres and the Sir George Grey Special Collections. We will be adding more in the future, including themed collections and tours.

Link to Auckland Libraries heritage collections on Historypin
To quickly view heritage content from Auckland Libraries on Historypin, click on the badge (see image above) located on the right hand side of the blog page, above the Blog Archive.

You can also click on Explore the map on the Historypin home page and then type in an Auckland location (specifying NZ) into the ‘find content near’ search box e.g. Takapuna, New Zealand. Click on search and once the location has come up, you can zoom in and out using the plus and minus slider bar and click on any pinned images that you are interested in. This will give you access to Auckland Libraries content and content pinned by others users to that location.

Those images, which have a yellow Street View symbol enable you to compare modern day imagery with archival scenes. It's like time travel from your armchair! Watch as the different colours and film textures whizz by and transport you to times in the past.

Photographs from around the Auckland region featuring royal tours have even made it into 'Pinning the Queen's History', a special collection created by Historypin to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Historypin has had a great new makeup with a stylish new look and some great features such as the activity feed, Pin of the day plus gallery of previous pins of the day and a new projects section.

    Check it out http://www.historypin.com/ and read about it in the Historypin blog http://blog.historypin.com/2012/12/11/all-new-historypin/ (copy & paste these links into your browser).


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