Mapping projects

Mapping places and connections 

Below is a summary of the main mapping projects that led to development of the Exploring EC1 initiative.

Maps for exploring EC1 Footways

The London Footways project has plotted quiet and interesting routes for walking, and several pass through EC1. I've created maps showing associated places of interest using Google Maps, Maphub and Layers of London. More here about Footways.

All main data for the maps is held in Airtable. I've also create additional information sheets for locations. That make it easy to update related content, without having to edit the main map. More here on how that works.


Maphub is a free/low cost system that offers improvements on marker-based Google My Maps. Click map above to open the EC1 example. More here on Maphub pricing.

Google My Maps

Google provides a free mapping solution that is easy to use. Click here or on the image above.

Google Earth virtual tour

Daniel Wilcox  has used Google Earth web to create a virtual tour of the Footway from Angel to St Paul's. At each point you can zoom down to a streetview

Layers of London  collection

I've used the Layers of London platform - which is based on Humap - to add the same records used  on other maps.  

Culture Mile

Culture Mile is the City of London’s new cultural district, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. Led by the City of London Corporation, with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, the five partners are together creating a vibrant, creative area in the north-west corner of the Square Mile. More here about Culture Mile.

Culture Mile venues and locations

In 2020 I first used Esri Storymaps to create

I experimented with adding 360 photos to the venue locations - which means you can easily scroll to see the surroundings.

Click images to open this map and the others 

Developing a new Culture Mile map

In 2022 I discovered the Prague-based Mapotic system. It has several advantages:

I used the static map on the Culture Mile website as the basis for a Mapotic map of the main sites around Culture Mile

It would now be possible to add more sites from the research I did for the maps, above.

In addition I know that the Culture Mile team are discussing  how to invite local workers and residents to contribute favourite places and "hidden gems" in the area, as part of a new marketing campaign associated with the proposed Business Improvement District.  As part of that process, maybe they could use something like the Create Streets map that I promoted with EC1Echo. More here and below.

The static map on the Culture Mile website, and an interactive map using Mapotic. Sites from past research and crowdsourcing of ideas could be used to build the new map. Update: this map was created with  a free plan that is no longer available.

Earlier mapping projects

Since 2015 I've explored, with Drew Mackie and Barbara Brayshay, the use of geographic and network maps to help residents and others find out more about what's happening in their area, share ideas and information, and collaborate on improvements. 

Overall the aim has been to experiment with different tools for gathering and displaying information about places, organisations and people. Put more grandly, it's about revealing the physical and social ecosystems of neighbourhoods. More here on that.

From 2015-2019 work was partly through the Networked City initiative, and partly through two local projects, one in Clerkenwell, and one in Thames Ward, Barking. I later developed maps in Clerkenwell, Farringdon and Smithfield. More on EC1 below.

Clerkenwell Commons

The idea of developing maps for EC1 started with some work in 2018 for the Clerkenwell Peel Institute, where Drew Mackie and I explored the use of both network and geographic maps to support what later became the Connecting Clerkenwell initiative. I also met up with Mike Franks, who I had helped, back in 1977, secure funding for a heritage trail. More here, in the EC1 Echo, together with the idea of Clerkenwell Commons.

Clerkenwell Commons site and maps

Inspired by Mike’s ideas for Clerkenwell Commons, I set up this site, which includes:

I've also used the Humap system to create a map - see left. Humap is a sophisticated storymapping system used for the Layers of London project. Click map on the left to open the EC1 example. More here for Humap examples.

Mapping Urban Wild Places

Further north in Islington, in 2020 Drew Mackie and I worked with Octopus Communities, a network of community centres, to develop maps and stories about their Urban Wild Places and We Can Grow projects to support community gardens. The aim was to show, for an evaluation report, how work on the projects had yielded both environmental benefits and new networks of social connections.

We set up a simple Google sites website to host:

Create Streets interactive maps

In 2020 I worked with Create Streets in Thames Ward and EC1 to set up versions of their mapping system which enabled people, very simply, to highlight problems or opportunities for improvement (Thames Ward) or favourite places (EC1).