Activities & Downloads for Schools

We’ve gathered together some tried and tested resources and activities that will make running sessions and events easier. We hope you find them useful. Do let us know if you’ve had a particularly successful session!

Downloadable Resources

Activity Sheets

Tip Sheets

Posters, flyers and certificates

Activities by subject


Students explore the map between particular dates as an introduction to that period of history to see what photos, videos or audio they can find.

Students explore the map to find photos that show changes in living conditions, and transport discuss why these changes have taken place. They could also look for videos or audio which relate to these topics.

Students look at a series of photos of the same place E.g. Whitworth Road, UK in 1890, 1900, 1911, 1932 and the 1960s. These photos could be printed out and students could sort the photos into chronological order. Students could then explain why they had put the photographs in that order.

Students compare photos with and without stories, from archives or personal memories, black and white and in colour, and decide which are the most reliable and useful for a range of different historical enquiries.

Students set up an account and create a Tour or Collection around a particular theme or period in History.


Students search Historypin by location, by key word and by date to find information about particular locations at particular times in order to answer questions. They compare the information from different photos, videos and stories and decide which are most useful and reliable.

Students use Historypin to work on collaborative projects, working as a class, school or community to find as Historypin content as possible around a particular building, street, area or theme.

Students use Historypin to explore the impact of technology on:

  • people’s ability to find their way around/maps (eg. Google maps, Street View)
  • people’s understanding of their local area
  • people’s ability to save and preserve photos, videos, audio and the stories surrounding these
  • people’s ability to share their history with a global audience and pass it on to future generations
  • people’s ability to create a sense of shared experience and community history

Students set up an account and create a Tour or Collection of their favourite content.


Students pin photos onto the Historypin map using an address and then pin them to Street View using recognisable features to determine the angle at which a photo was taken.

Students compare old photos and videos with current Street View images that show environmental change, for example due to increases in transport, or the demands of industrialisation on the water supply. They identify the causes of the change and make suggestions for how environmental damage could be repaired or prevented elsewhere.

Students make comparisons between old photos or videos and current Street View images to see how places have changed. They identify the patterns and human and physical processes that cause these changes, such as an increase in suburban housing as a result of improved transport links or a decrease in residential housing in an area of coastal erosion.

Students increase their knowledge of where places are in the world, through searching the map.

Students set up an account and create a Tour or Collection of particular area or around a theme.


Students use photos, video or audio content from the site as an inspiration to write a short story, play or poem.

Students search for photos, video or audio that link with a book or play they are reading (from 1840s onwards) to bring the setting of the work to life.

Students use tours or Collections of photos as the basis for a newspaper article or a diary entry based around a theme or time period.

Students are asked to choose from a selection of stories to explore whether exaggeration and understatement are common in stories based on memory.


Historypin can be used to develop an understanding of community cohesion.

Students find photos, videos or audio that show factors that bring communities together – such as shared cultural events and leisure facilities - and see how these have changed over time. They can also look at factors that make communities more disconnected, such as new building and transport. They use this to make recommendations for action they can take to improve community cohesion.

Historypin can be used to increase awareness of diversity

Students explore how areas and communities have changed as a result of migration by focusing on religious buildings, markets and shops. They explore the stories behind photos, videos and audio to investigate experiences of living in the UK for people from different areas and of different religions and ethnicities.

Further educational links

Historypin supports a wide range of educational agendas and can be used to support activities around community cohesion, cultural diversity, embedding IT in the curriculum, cross-curricular activities, identity and cultural diversity, and wider participation.

Visit Historypin and the National Curriculum if you want more details about how Historypin maps against the UK National Curriculum for primary schools and for secondary schools.