The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Heritage sites on Google Street View

From today's edition of the East Anglian Daily Times:


ONE of the most historic locations in East Anglia can now be explored with the click of a mouse on Google's Street View mapping.English Heritage's most famous sites, will be available for people to explore on the site from today.Over 20 historic locations across the UK - including castles, landscapes and country houses - have been scanned using a panoramic camera, bolted to the back of a tricycle, and added to Google's online mapping service.Users can now take a 360-degree, ground-level tour of Wicken Fen, near Ely in Cambridgeshire.Other locations that have been added include Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, Corfe Castle in Wareham, Dorset and Lindisfarne Castle in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Google's Street View cyclists pedalled over 125 miles on the 18-stone trike, following marked routes around the English Heritage sites to capture them from every angle.Ed Parsons, technologist at Google, said: “We were delighted to be able to open up some of the UK's most famous landmarks to the rest of the world via the web.”
Let's face it, until I pass my druid exams, this is likely to be the closest I'll ever get to Stonehenge.

To try it out, go to Google Maps, search for the location you want a closer look at and click the little orange man icon to access street view. Jen has declared it to be 'awesome!'

2 comments:

Jen said...

but i would point out that i think google street view is still wrong and disturbing, and as Uncle Ben warned us all... 'with great power comes great responsibility'

Jen said...

lol... or Mr Ollivander 'we can expect great things from you... Terrible! Yes. But great.'