Using DeepZoom to explore Churchill’s past

On Monday, I wrote about the work that’s been done to create a TimeMap – creating a historical mapping x-ray machine. Shoothill, who did that work, have also been busily working with the Imperial War Museum to create a way for people to easily access the history of Winston Churchill, by combining the archives of the Churchill War Rooms, the Baroness Spencer-Churchill Papers, the Churchill Archive Trust, and the photo archives of the press.

What they have created is a mural of images – historical photographs and videos, and also personal items such as letters and one of Winston’s school reports.


As with all DeepZoom images, you can navigate with your mouse, scrolling the wheel to zoom in and out. There are some things I’ve not seen on these kind of images before – like captions that appear as you zoom in, and a ‘tag cloud’ which allows you to move items with related content.

In the Imperial War Museum you can sit and navigate this on an interactive exhibit – but thanks to the web, you can do this at home too.

I bet there’s a teacher in your school who will really enjoy this as a teaching resource.

imageVisit the Imperial War Museum website for the Churchill DeepZoom

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