Historypin is a non-profit organisation based in London, San Francisco and Sofia. Historypin’s global community of people, groups and institutions gather and share the history of the places that matter to them, using collections of photographs, documents, sounds and moving images to start conversations and trigger memories. Created in partnership with Google in 2011, Historypin consists of a web platform, mobile applications and a series of local volunteer-led community projects that together increase local social capital and reduce social isolation.
Historypin projects are run by local volunteers who digitise photos, collect stories and record oral histories, mapping and sharing this content using Historypin.org. To date, 60,000 citizen historians and 2,000 libraries, archives and museums have run thousands of local projects and shared over 380,000 materials and memories, which are explored by hundreds of thousands of users through the website and mobile applications.